Praised for ”excellent ensemble and razor-sharp precision, along with edge-of-your-seat excitement”, Oasis Quartet was founded in 2007 out of a shared goal of interpreting dynamic and compelling repertoire at the highest level. Oasis’ nuanced performances have been described as “lyrical and poignant, creating a concert-hall so quiet you could hear a pin drop.” (Philip Nones, BachTracks), “technical perfection and remarkable musicality” (Fanfare Magazine), and “rich and eloquent playing” (Megan Ihnen, Des Moines Register).
Oasis Quartet has performed numerous concerti, with a recent highlight being the collaboration between Oasis, noted conductor JoAnn Falletta, and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Their performance of the Bolcom Concerto Grosso was praised for “excellent ensemble work and very fine musicianship” (Des Moines Register). Oasis has been featured in numerous chamber music series across North America, and invited to participate in conferences and conventions in the US, Europe, and Asia.
As an ensemble, Oasis is dedicated to the exploration, preparation and presentation of important contemporary works for saxophone quartet, while retaining a strong foundation in standard and transcribed repertoire. The diverse and wide-ranging interests of its members contribute a broad array of influences that lend a unique depth and perspective to Oasis Quartet performances.