radio.string.quartet

radio.string.quartet

If the core repertoire of a string quartet does not combine the corresponding oeuvre of Beethoven, Schubert or Bartók, but instead the weather report hit “Birdland” is coaxed from the strings, it is worth listening carefully. Whether Radiohead, »Strange Fruit«, an homage to the Mahavishnu Orchestra, »Moon River« or the use of voice and electronics:

An ensemble that, like the radio.string.quartet, draws on such different sources of inspiration and resolutely defies narrow-minded genre assignments, is good for some surprises. The creative jack-of-all-trades Thomas Gansch knows that, too, where skilful border crossings and sound excursions of this format find their equivalent. So there is no shortage of fuel for this tense and rare encounter.

Thomas Gansch – trumpet, flugelhorn

radio.string.quartet
Bernie Mallinger – violin
Igmar Jenner – violin
Cynthia Liao – viola
Sophie Abraham – cello

 

radio.string.quartet – Programme “B:A:C:H – like waters…”

An audio-visual journey through a baroque solo sonata.

The radio.string.quartet has adapted the G minor violin sonata by J.S.Bach and puts this 300-year-old music into the present day. The pillars of the composition are firmly anchored and self-contained, only the garment is adapted to the musical language of the radio.string.quartet – and becomes a contemporary listening experience in which the band uses their unique sound cosmos with the ideas and forms of the baroque master merges. Would this be what music would have sounded like, would Bach have composed it for a string quartet in the 21st century? Anyway, it would be a possibility.

“I follow the course of the stream upriver. Its streambed gets narrower and narrower, its rustling ever quieter. Until I finally reached its source – the place where the water emerges from inside the mountain. In the dream, following the water further, I enter the inwards of the mountain. I keep moving forward in the dark until I finally come to a cave. I hear the drops splash from the ceiling of the cave onto the floor. Over time they develop their own rhythmic regularity, which slowly pulls me in like a suction. Gradually the drops become tones, the tones become melodies. The brook lets me guess its original nature and mixes together with my imagination to form a reality known to me, but newly painted, which I experience like a child at this moment. I follow the path. “

radio.string.quartet
Bernie Mallinger – violin
Igmar Jenner – violin
Cynthia Liao – viola
Sophie Abraham – cello

Peter Otto Moritz – sound design