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"The arresting expressivity and phrasing of these musicians captivate the listener. Without a doubt, this recording plunges us deep into the world of two talented artists to watch." Daniel Tiroloco Piazzolla


Based in Paris, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach grew up in a dual French and South American cultural environment, with a strong Argentinian influence. David Christopher Panzl, based in Vienna, bathed in South American music as a child, through his parents – both musicians and aficionados of guitar repertoire. The two artists met by chance in Japan, during a moving event in memory of the tsunami victims of the March 2011 earthquake. Since then, a strong artistic bond has developed between them, of which the recording Tango Continuo is the first fruit. The works featured there include several adaptations of Astor Piazzolla’s music with which Fisbach and Panzl have many affinities. They also show their commitment to the music of today, by celebrating the work of Luis Naón, an emblematic Paris-based Argentinian composer, who strives to preserve his culture’s roots in his music. They also feature Serbend by avant-garde composer Mathieu Bonilla, written for the Fisbach-Panzl duo during Bonilla’s extended sojourn on the Iberian Peninsula.






"Fisbach is currently considered as one of the leading specialists in the interpretation of contemporary repertoire for the saxophone."

Daniel D'Adamo


Born to a bicultural French-South American artistic family, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach has consistently sought to explore and expand the saxophone’s repertoire. Above and beyond the more traditional works he performs as a soloist (Auvergne Orchestra, Ekaterinburg Philharmonic) and within the Denisov and Azar Duos, he collaborates regularly with composers and ensembles (Ensemble intercontemporain, Red Note Ensemble), and is a member of the “Futurs composés” network dedicated to new music. He integrates transcriptions into his repertoire, including tango. This open and eclectic approach has led to invitations to perform in international festivals (Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Festival Archipel Geneva, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Suntory Hall Tokyo). His recordings feature Hispanic repertoire (Duo Azar, PAI Records, 2011) and new works for saxophone and cello (Denisov Duo, Meyer Foundation, 2014). Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach teaches at the Conservatories of the Paris 9th and 15th arrondissements, is a guest Professor at the Conservatoire of Lima, and has given master-classes throughout Europe, South America and Asia. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, he is a prize-winner in several national and international competitions.










The Austrian multipercussionist David Christopher Panzl began his training at the age of four. He performed his first solo recital at the age of 13 together with the Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall. During his school-days he visited New York several times in order to study Jazz. Thereafter Panzl moved to Vienna to complete his studies as a concert percussionist at the Conservatory of Vienna Private University under Professor Anton Mittermayr, where he received his Master of Arts with top honours in 2013. Lastly he studied Marimba in Tokyo at the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Keiko Abe. He is currently a teaching assistant at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and leads masterclasses worlwide. He is also jury member at several international competitions. As a soloist David Christopher Panzl has performed at Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Seoul Art Center, the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the opening festivities of the Salzburg Festival. He has collaborated with exceptional artists such as Keiko Abe, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Jeff Queen and orchestras such as Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, German Chamber-Orchestra Berlin.



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