I immediately opened my package containing the Durga 8 for Tenor. It was absolutely Beautiful . A true work of Art and Workmanship!! It did not end there for when I placed it on my Tenor the sound was big, rich , powerful and full of body. I have always been hesitant to try a metal mouthpiece for fear that I would not like the sound. I love this sound and it commands attention !! Theo Wanne you are a Genius my friend and I am very proud and honoured to be an Artist Endorser here in Toronto Canada not only on the Durga 8 for Tenor, but on the Durga 7 for Alto, Kali 7 hard rubber for Alto, the Gaia 7 for Soprano , and the Gaia Jazz for my clarinet !!!! I have used them on all of my shows and they have not let me down once !!!! Thank you so much Theo Wanne for these great mouthpieces. They have truly inspired me and they have taken my music to new heights !!!!
Enrico Galante was born and raised in Toronto Ontario Canada and now makes his home in Oakville Ontario Canada. Enrico has been performing since the age of 10 and is a most sought after entertainer. His passion for the saxophone began at the very young age of 5 while watching the Lawrence Welk show on TV with his grandparents. There was an immediate connection between Enrico and the sweet mellow sounds of the saxophone section.
Enrico studied music throughout Elementary school and High School. With numerous awards and outstanding achievements Enrico furthered his music studies in College and University studying with the likes of the great Gino Sivi, Frank Uhran, Eddie Sossin, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Stillwell, Don Johnson, and Ron Collier. His Musical influences were spread from Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Coleman Hawkins, and the Legendary Earth Wind & Fire.
Today Enrico Galante performs for audiences all over the country. He has performed live on CHIN International TV, and has actively organized The Heart and Stroke Fundraiser Gala in tribute to his beloved mother Rosaria Galante who passed away in 2005. In memory of his mother Enrico has released a CD with 10 of his mother’s favourite songs titled “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR SAX”.
Enrico has worked with Juno Award Winner and Grammy Award Winner Liberty Silver. Enrico has also appeared as a Special Guest Artist with World Class Guitarist Pavlo. He was a founding member of Canadian Recording group Gratitude, and played Tenor saxophone for International Recording Artist Wess. Enrico was also part of the Opening act along with Aubrey Mann for Cameo and The SOS Band at The OKeefe Centre in Toronto. Enrico has been touring and performing with World Class Vocalist Brian Roman.
Enrico has also dedicated the last 25 years of his life as a High School Music Director giving young aspiring music students the opportunity to express themselves through instrumental and vocal music developing the skills required to become our next generation of music creators.
Enrico is currently working on a new CD titled “LET’S TALK ABOUT SAX”. Stay tuned for release and performance dates on www.galante-entertainment.com
Why did you choose to become a musician?
Ever since I can remember I always had a musical instrument near me. At the age of 3 my parents gave me a drum set and a guitar. This did not do it for me like the toy trumpet and toy saxophone that I also had in my toy box !! As I grew older and went to school all I could think about was playing an instrument and performing for audiences.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
I am so energized and filled with joy. The sky is the limit !!
What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
I am not as energized and I feel like there is something missing.
Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
My inspiration comes from the people I love! My family, friends and my pets. It feels like all the ideas are there just floating around me ready to be translated through my horn.
What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
Improvising for me is like a long journey. I have a starting point and I proceed to different places and experiences ending in a final destination. Sometimes I just let loose and I allow my thoughts to experiment and travel on their own. Yes it most certainly does. I constantly allow myself to travel beyond the sea and the heavens!
Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
It is so uplifting and strong. It feels like there is no looking back. I only look forward !!
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
I remember recording my tribute CD for my mother. I was in the recording booth and I could not play in tune for some reason. I checked mouthpiece position, reeds and all the technical things that one would associate with this problem. Everything was fine. I proceeded to record another track. As I began to play my iPhone which was on the stand lit up! It was an incoming call and it was a photo of my mother. It shook me up. I did not answer the call and continued recording. The intonation was great !! I later realized that it was my father calling and I kept my mother's photo on the phone. It was a good thing that I did because my mother saved the day !!!!