“"As the baritone saxophonist of the Kenari Quartet, I need equipment that is incredibly consistent and allows me to blend with the group. Since we have all started playing Légère reeds, the group sound has become much more homogeneous and lush. We also have the confidence and flexibility to play musically without worrying about reeds when we are traveling." - Steven Banks (Baritone Sax)
“Before I switched to Légère reeds, I spent so much time and energy attending to my reeds, and I was never pleased with just how much they changed when I traveled to different climates. Now I just focus on the music! From day to day, the reeds perform consistently, and I never worry about the reeds drying out on stage! Regardless of the situation, I know that when I pick up my instrument and begin to play, the sound is exactly what I want.” – Bob Eason (Soprano Sax)
“Légère reeds have provided me with a reed that I can feel confident playing at any place and at any time. It doesn’t matter where I am, I know exactly how my Légère reeds are going to play.” – Kyle Baldwin (Alto Sax)
“Switching to the Légère Signature Series has completely eliminated my need to constantly worry about the maintenance and upkeep of my reeds in order to produce a smooth, warm and consistent tone. As a result, this has lent me much greater peace of mind while playing during practice sessions, rehearsals, and performances.” – Corey Dundee (Tenor Sax)
Formed in 2012 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the award-winning Kenari Quartet has taken pride in delivering engaging performances through creative programming and compelling stage presence. The versatility of the saxophone is integral to the quartet and the present music from a wide range of genres that is well informed by all periods of classical music as well as jazz, soul, and other genres. The group has earned top prizes at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Chesapeake Bay International Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
In collaboration with Naxos Records, the quartet recently completed the recording of their first album, which will feature the music of French composers Eugéne Bozza, Alfred Desenclos, Pierre Max Dubois, Jean Françaix, Gabriel Pierné, and Florent Schmitt. The Album will be released towards the end of 2016.
As a recipient of Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program, the Kenari Quartet was awarded a generous grant that allowed them to commission a new work from Corey Dundee, the group’s very own tenor saxophonist. This exciting project was made possible by the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
The Kenari Quartet enjoys a busy performances and teaching schedule, having recently completed recital and master class tours throughout Texas and California. Earlier this year, the Kenari Quartet was a featured ensemble at Chamber Music America’s 2016 National Conference Ensemble Showcase, and in 2015 the group was highlighted on the American Public Media show Performance Today by taking part in a three-day Young Artist Residency.
Kyle Baldwin is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is teaching a small studio of students and continues performing with the Kenari Quartet. In the summer of 2016, Kyle graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a bachelor's degree in music performance.
Emerging saxophonist STEVEN BANKS, age 21, has been described as “a breath-taking performer” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. Banks is currently a master’s student at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. Steven regularly performs as both a soloist and chamber musician.
Corey Dundee is a Los-Angeles based composer and saxophonist whose work embodies an intersection of disparate musical styles and concepts. A recipient of Chamber Music America's 2016 Classical Commissioning Grant, Corey was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the Norfolk New Music Workshop in Norfolk, CT, and in 2013 he was named Grand Prize winner of the Calefax Reed Quintet International Composition Competition.
Bob Eason is currently an Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University and a doctoral student studying with Dr. Otis Murphy. Bob holds a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Houston, where he studied with Mr. Dan Gelok, Mrs. Valerie Vidal, and Dr. Karen Wylie. Recently, Bob was a semi-finalist in the 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.