In a Japanese Garden…

Joke van Loon / classical, world

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A concert in a garden, exploring the mix of nature and music, through japanese pieces for soprano and alto saxophone inspired by nature and perception of time.

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Joke van Loone will perform as part of World Sax Day (


Joke van Loon (1986) is a Dutch classical saxophonist. After her graduation at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten of Tilburg (NL) and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional of Limoges (F), Joke is now working as a freelance saxophonist and saxophone teacher. During her studies she participated in various masterclasses, amongst which; the “Curso Internacional de Saxofón” in Montefrio (E), the “Université Européenne pour le Saxophone” in Gap (F), and the “International Masterclass for Classical Saxophone” in Laubach (D). In 2011 Joke was nominated for the Jacques de Leeuw Young Toptalent Award and in 2013 she won the Prix de la Ville of the city of Limoges (F). Currently Joke continues her development by following masterclasses from saxophonist both in her own country and abroad.

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In a Japanese garden…

Japanese pieces for soprano and alto saxophone solo, inspired by nature and/or the perception of time

A couple of years ago, whilst visiting masterclasses, I met a Japanese saxophone student who taught me a clapping song on Japanese orange blossoms. Funnily, in the years that followed, I kept meeting Japanese people, teaching me words with a strong relation to nature, the seasons and time. This made me wonder about the perception of time in Japanese music and inspired me to create a program based on music inspired by nature and time.

The program I would like to play, will consist of the following pieces:
* Mysterious Morning III – Fuminori TANADA, for sopranosaxophone solo
* Etude sur le bisbigliando – Noriko BABA, for altosaxophone solo
* Distance – Toru TAKEMITSU, for sopranosaxophone solo
* Pulse 72 ± – Ryo NODA, for altosaxophone solo
* Night Bird – Karen TANAKA, for altosaxophone with CD


12/07/2015 14:00 - 14:30

Parc du Palais du Rhin

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  • van Loon Joke (Netherlands)


  • Mysterious Morning III (Fuminori TANADA)
  • Etude sur le bisbigliando (Noriko BABA)
  • Distance (Toru TAKEMITSU)
  • Pulse 72+- (Ryo NODA)
  • Night Bird (Karen TANAKA)