A versatile artist – saxophonist, pianist, singer, music producer and co-author, Sapphire Adizes, released his debut album The Wild Boar in 2019, and it is the music from that particular album that he presented to the audience of Don Branko’s Music Days. It is an electroacoustic multimedia work, rooted in widely understood postmodernist concepts. Going beyond the boundaries of art music, even the very art itself, he seeks for trivial, both through folklore practice using quotes from a Macedonian folk song, and through jazz, simulating its laws at the level of melody, harmony, and rhythm. He also applies the sounds of nature, whereby the work becomes concrete music, and he uses a voice in a soloistic way – his own voice, naturalized, and a choral one.
Sapphire Adizes’ new track pulls listeners into a world of rich, textural experimentalism. Known for his cinematic arrangements characterised by ethereal vocals and jazz influences, his latest work “Birth” follows suit.
“The sound of my life is so much bigger than an orchestra. If I could use any sort of sound to make music, why would I limit myself to the sound of a diminished chord or a saxophone or a piano? Why not seek out the most powerful sound? What about the sound of my being born?” – Sapphire Adizes
Adizes’ vocals mixed amongst downtempo sounds create textural interest that is at times dissonant, but never jarring. With ethereal vocals, a powerful sax performance and hypnotic synth arpeggiations that result in an overall contemplative atmosphere, “Birth” is driven by calmingly melodic storytelling.
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After listening to Sapphire Adizes music one cannot help but be left with an impenetrable sense of intrigue. The Californian-based producer, though still much of an enigma, has experienced remarkable success, from joining the Chainsmokers in the studio to co-writing Berhana‘s EP with over sixty million Spotify streams at just the age of twenty.
In his latest track: “Birth”, Adizes draws on his background in classical and jazz music to deliver a compelling, narrative-driven work, written to convey the story of the mysterious composer’s life.
Trademarked by Adizes’ memorable sax lines and jazzy progressions, “Birth” both challenges and captivates listeners through its brilliant orchestral arrangement and contemplative atmosphere. Downtempo sounds and mellow vibes that soften to an undulating flow, render this work nothing less than an expansive masterpiece.
Listeners are in for an introspective ride with this track, as once again Sapphire Adizes never ceases to impress, proving himself to be a musical Renaissance man of sorts and most certainly an artist to look out for in the future.