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Ties Mellema: Dramatic injury prompts slew of commissions

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Commissions have gone to Ton de Kruyf, Ian Wilson, Willem Breuker, Hans Eijsackers, Jurgen Van Loenhout, Alexander Comitas, Guillermo Lago, David Dramm and Wijnand Van Klaveren. Even though not all (or even none) of these names will mean anything to you, they are well-known in Ties Mellema's home of the Netherlands, turning this set of special pieces into a collection offering an exciting look into the Dutch contemporary music scene – and enriching the repertoire for Saxophone considerably.

It has been especially important in this regard that Ties Mellema is actually left-handed, allowing him to at least achieve a meaningful approximation of his previous skills. The reaction of the Dutch Saxophone community has been one of shock and great sympathy, with the Dutch Saxophone Forum asking for a flood of well-wishing mails – a suggestion we strongly encourage as well.

Picture by Marco Borggreve

Homepage: Ties Mellema

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