The Oriel Quartett, founded at the Royal College of Music in London, has been active in the Berlin music scene for over 10 years. A string quartet with the tenacity to experiment; it moves far from its classical homeland into other musical fields and constantly broadens its horizons in collaborations with other musicians.
In Kollaboration 1 draws on works from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. A selection of preludes and fugues will be performed in an arrangement for string quartet. By dividing the voices among four stringed instruments, there is an intensive insight into the structure of the polyphony. Each voice has its own timbre and contrastingly blends into the overall sound or separates itself from it.
For this concert the quartet will be joined by Canadian pianist and composer John Kameel Farah. His pieces are hybrids of improvisation, composition and electronic music – influenced by elements of early and baroque keyboard music, music from the Middle East, electronic dance music and electro-acoustic sounds.
For many years he has been intensively involved with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and has written his own arrangements of the Well-Tempered Clavier for piano and electronics. Bach’s work can thus be experienced from a wide variety of perspectives: with the pure sound of the organ, in a version on the four instruments of the string quartet and in a contemporary interpretation with electronics. In this joint concert the Oriel Quartet will also present Kameel-Farah’s own compositions therefore offering insight into his very special paradigm and presenting a broad spectrum of musical style.
ORIEL QUARTETT: in Kollaboration 1 mit John Kameel Farah
Sunday, 29.5.2022 | Doors 19:30 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Zwinglikirche | Rudolfstraße 14 in 10245 Berlin