Five years ago –or more, depending on the time when you read this text – a new musical collective was born in Spain: SIGMA Project. The idea was beating in the restless minds of a group of contending artists from at least ten months before. However, we had to wait for a concert in the 69th Quincena Musical Donostiarra to see four saxophonists, dressed like angels or some martial-art fighters (barefoot and rigorously in white), showing for the first time in our geography. It was August 27, 2008.

Their second artistic appearance concerns me personally in my capacity as former Director of the extinct CDMC. It was at the Auditorio 400 of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, on October 27 of that same 2008, at the Series I had the honor to program. Since then, they have not stopped offering concerts in Spain and the international scene.

Five intense years have passed. We have suffered, for instance, an economic and social crisis. But we have also seen the fecundity of a project, unusual to a certain point as every good project is, and which seemed to be born already very mature and complete.

The truth is: if the adventures of SIGMA Project were a crime, they would have prescribed. And it may be somehow a wonderful crime to be born with that desire and illusion and, at the same time, boast of seniority and high professionalism.

[…] So, I congratulate SIGMA Project for maintaining their commitment with strong pulse, and I am pleased to see that the white bud (a “stockhausean colour”, as they say and have chosen for the majority of their clothing in concerts) is already a strong stem, and that its five years and what comes, are already a part of the history of Spanish contemporary music. Some may not care much about this but, for me, it is Life itself, and I am sure that is also for them. For this reason, infinite thanks and lots of encouragement for the rest of their artistic lives.

Jorge Fernández Guerra (Music National Prize 2007).

Madrid, October, 2013