Signal is a duo consisting of saxophone and trombone - euphonium.
After several years of collaborations and performances sharing stage in different chamber music groups and festivals, like ZeitRäume Basel, Impuls Academy Graz, Nachtstrom Basel or New Studios Concerts at the Musik Akademie Basel, the saxophonist Alejandro Oliván and the trombonist Adrián Albaladejo, both residents in Basel, decided to start a new project as a duo.
Duosignal has a solid and extended repertoire, from transcriptions of early music until new compositions using electronics and video. For Duosignal, each concert has a different meaning, and they adapt his repertoire in order to explote the possibilities of the room space, the timing and the context. One of the most important objectives of the duo is the creation of new music for this instrumentation through the collaboration with young composers.
ADRIAN ALBALADEJO - TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM
He studied to complete a degree in euphonium with Prof. Pablo Fernández at ESMUC (Barcelona), as well as a Master of Performance with a specialization in trombone at the Musik Akademie Basel with Prof. Mike Svoboda.
During his Master, he specialized in contemporary music through the Zone Experimentale Basel, led by Profs. Marcus Weiss, Jürg Henneberger and Mike Svoboda.
He has been honored with several awards in competitions, including the Second Prize in Juventudes Musicales Spain, the Prize of the Anna Riera Foundation, and the First Prize at the international competition AETYB 2014 during the Spanish Congress for the Euphonium and Tuba. He has received scholarships from such foundations as the Lyra Stiftung, Doms Stiftung, and Haiku Stiftung.
He regularly appears with Les Trombone de Balè (Switzerland), Basel Sinfonietta (Switzerland), Divertimento Ensemble (Italy), IEMA Ensemble (Germany), and Ensemble Diagonal (Switzerland). He has collaborated with Ensemble Courage (Germany), Crossing Lines Ensemble (Spain), Der gelbe Klang (Germany) and Ensemble Ö (Switzerland), and has worked in chamber productions at the Theater Basel (Switzerland).
He has premiered solos and chamber music pieces, performing in festivals as:
Impuls (Graz, Austria), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield, England), Musik 21 Festival (Hannover, Germany), Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw, Poland), Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland), Zeiträume (Basel, Switzerland), Ensems (Valencia, Spain), Sampler Sèries (Barcelona, Spain), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, Netherlands), Klangspuren Schwaz, (Schwaz, Austria), ars Braemia Musikfestival (Switzerland), El sindicato de altavoces (Barcelona, Spain), Sirga Festival (Terres de l'Ebre, Spain), Rondò in Monferrato (Monferrato, Italy), Rondò a Bobbio (Bobbio, Italy)
He perform with DUOSIGNAL (saxophone and trombone), TACTUS PROJECT (clarinet, trombone, cello and piano), KLANGLAB (ensemble).
ALEJANDRO OLIVAN - SAXOPHONE
is a Spanish saxophonist mainly specialized in contemporary and classical music.
The opportunity to work with composers and being part of the creative process of new music is an essential ingredient in his career. This passion for taking part in the development of the new music has brought him to work in collaboration with young and well-known composers such as Georges Aperghis, Germán Toro Pérez, Nadir Vassena, Carlo Ciceri, Florian Bogner, Marcelo F. Lazcano, Bethany Younge, Ruud Roeflasen, Santiago Díaz Fischer or Sam Scranton amongst others.
He has been awarded in more than 10 occasions in national and international music competitions.
He has participated in important festivals such as the “Lucerne Festival”, the “DARMSTADT INTERNATIONALE FERIENKURSE FÜR NEUE MUSIK" 2014 and 2016 (GERMANY)”, the "ZEIT RÄUME BASEL 2015", the "TAGER NEUER MUSIK IN WEIMAR 2015", the "OUTEAR SERIES" in Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago (USA) 20, the "NULL POINT SERIES" in Buffalo (USA) or the NO HAYBANDA SERIES in Montreal (Canada).