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Ligeti Quartet (Online)

Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 7.00PM

Zara Benyounes guest violin 1
Patrick Dawkins violin 2
Richard Jones viola
Val Welbanks cello

Stef Conner     Singing Strings
Christian Mason     Eki Attar and Ezir Kara from Tuvan Songbook
Tanya Tagaq arr. Jacob Garchik     Sivunittinni
Anna Meredith     Chorale for Lifts; Tuggemo
Robin Haigh     Samoyeds
Christian Mason     S’iscravamentu and Muttos from Sardinian Songbook

Centred around music by Christian Mason and Tanya Tagaq from their recently released album Songbooks Vol. 1, Ligeti Quartet explores the sonic possibilities of string techniques inspired by throat singing traditions from around the world. York composers, past and present, make up the rest of the programme, taking inspiration from howling dogs, and the entire history of the string quartet itself…

The Ligeti Quartet has been at the forefront of modern and contemporary music since 2010, breaking new ground through innovative programming and championing today’s most exciting composers and artists. Having played at landmark venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Curtis Institute, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, and Kings Place, the Quartet also regularly escapes the stage, previous venues including museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, an IMAX Theatre, a fishing boat, and a cave. In autumn 2018 the players took part in a critically acclaimed tour of UK planetariums, in association with Sound UK. The Quartet is passionate about supporting emerging composers and taking music into schools and community centres, as well as holding university residencies. During the 2020/21 lockdowns, it workshopped and recorded 100 new pieces in an ACE-funded Workout! project.

To watch the performance, please visit our YouTube channel (link below) at the date and time shown above.

Tickets: Free; please consider making a donation to support live music