Jean Quatre to launch Ballades Seychelloises en Sax


The cover of Jean Quatre’s Ballades Seychelloise en Sax album

A former athlete and long jump gold medallist at the second Indian Ocean Island Games in Mauritius in 1985, Quatre will officially launch his album tomorrow at 6pm at the National Theatre, Mont Fleuri.

Ballades Seychelloises en Sax is a unique instrumental sax melody collection of some of the most commercially successful Creole tracks by Patrick Victor, David Scholastique, Jany De Létourdie, Golty Farabeau, Jean Ally, John Wirtz and Francois Havelock. The CD has 11 tracks. 

Jean Quatre said that the “saxophone instrumental album is a real treasure of great music selected from Seychelles’ best hit ballades of all times.”
Ballades Seychelloises en Sax is produced to bridge the gap in the Seychelles musical arena. Patrick Victor is the artist with most tracks Quatre’s saxophone album with five ballades.

“I’ve incorporated my own personal touch to the music arrangements to some of the ballades. For example Patrick Victor’s instrumental Zimaz Oubliye starts with the sound of wave from the beach edged with the backdrop of birds singing. The melodies of saxophone will take the listeners through a musical journey ending eventually in transposing the listeners back to the seaside where it all started,” said Quatre.

Performing today as a high profile saxophonist, Quatre started his professional career about 10 years ago. In 2008, the saxophonist turned professional started working on his album. It has taken him almost six years to come out with Ballades Seychelloises en Sax – an album which he admits was difficult to produce “because it was not easy to find people who believed in it”. But he eventually did get some ideas down and started the ball rolling.

Quatre adds that Ballades Seychelloises en Sax represents a snapshot of a moment in time.
“The album reveals a new side to playing saxophone and it explores the endless possibilities of the instrument. It redefines the saxophone as a classical instrument through the choices of indisputably beautiful repertoires,” Quatre said.

Quatre remains a leader in this field of music. The incredibly talented saxophonist has gained fame through his performances in five-star hotels on the islands. His album Ballades Seychelloises en Sax will cement his position as one of Seychelles’ most leading saxophonist.

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