It’s been five years, I think, since Josetxo Silguero got in touch with me for the first time to ask me to write a piece for Sigma Project. At that time I didn’t know the quartet, but I was excited with the idea of writing for four saxophones. They sent me a link to the rehearsal that they had recently had with Jose Manuel López López in which I could appreciate the professionality and seriousness with which they addressed the challenges given by the composer. As a result, I became even more attracted to the possibility of working with them.

This project has been delayed several times and we hadn’t had the chance to meet until very recently, in Mexico, where both Sigma and I participated in the Foro de Música Nueva. There, I was able to listen to them live in a concert that immediately triggered my imagination in different directions. I started to dream with the possibilities of these instruments in the hands of these extraordinary musicians that address accurately and certainly the different languages of each composer.

Some weeks later I met Josetxo and Andrés in Madrid and, between tapas and wine, we agreed to make this dream come true.

We hope to share our dreams in this 2017 that is about to start.

Hilda Paredes

México, December 2016