On Tuesday 20th September, the award-winning contemporary ensemble the Mercury Quartet will be showcasing two world premiere performances of 21st-century music: Erick Flores’ ‘L’Intérieur du Temps, for improvised quartet and electronics’ and Charlie Sdraulig’s ‘music for an interior, for amplified quartet’.
The four instrumentalists, Vlad Maistorovici (violin/viola), Corentin Chassard (cello), Harry Cameron-Penny (clarinets), Antoine Francoise (piano), will also be performing the work which brought about the formation of the quartet at the Royal College of Music in 2007, Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Quatuor pour la fin du Temps’.
Recent projects include the recording of their debut CD and performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Julian Jacobson and Linda Hirst. More recently, they worked with Israeli composer Nimrod Katzir, premiering his recent composition ‘AZZA’ in Switzerland.
In 2008 they won a major competition to discover new talent run by the Non-Classical record label. This led to a number of live free improvisation ‘gigs’ capturing their ‘unique and mesmerising’ free improvisation sound world and a debut CD release on Naxos in November 2010 (distributed in USA, UK, Germany, Holland and Japan).
Tickets can be purchased from the Forge’s website and will also be available on the door of the event from 7pm.
(Written on September 19, 2011 )