New works for string quartet

Premieres. This concert is presented as a part of the 40th anniversary of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the festival Les Musiques.
Mon 15 May 2017,
7 p.m.
Friche La Belle de Mai

The string quartet has an exceptional feeling, felt from the era of the lumières to now. Today, electronics have created unimagined possibilities to a new generation of musicians.

Anima by Ashley Fure represents a quest for electric blood, for digital breathing…. Like a stethoscope listening to the body’s secrets, the performers move transducers from one spot to another on their instruments; instruments that then become loudspeakers.
In memory of the Italian composer Fausto Romitelli, The 1987 Max Headroom Broadcast Incident by Mauro Lanza is a tribute to obsolescent or soon to be forgotten technologies. 
In Philipp Maintz’ Geubteste Ferne, the composer questions each instrument’s heterogeneity. How does one keep an open mind when presented with an unexpected object? How does one understand its qualities?
Ghost stories by Oscar Strasnoy blends the voices of famous authors with instrumental sounds. Like genies trapped in lamps, Perec Calvino and Borges speak to us as if they were still alive.
For works that, via alterations or electronics, shift the representation of the string quartet.


Mauro Lanza The 1987 Max Headroom Broadcast Incident (Premiere) for string quartet and electronics
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, ProQuartet-Centre européen de musique de chambre, Festival d’Automne de Varsovie, Milano Musica

Ashley Fure Anima (Premiere) for string quartet and electronics
Commissioned by gmem-CNCM-marseille, Théâtre d’Orléans, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, ProQuartet
With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Europe Creative program

Oscar Strasnoy Ghost Stories (2016)

Philipp Maintz Quatuor (Premiere)


Diotima Quartet
Yun-Peng Zhao, violin
Constance Ronzatti, violin
Franck Chevalier, viola
Pierre Morlet, cello
IRCAM Computer Music Design Manuel Poletti, Vincent Isnard
Gmem-Cncm-Marseille Computer Music Design Charles Bascou
IRCAM Sound Engineer Jérémie Bourgogne

A gmem-CNCM-marseille, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction.
  • Ashley Fure
    Ashley Fure
  • Quatuor Diotima
    Quatuor Diotima
  • Mauro Lanza  © Juliette Servietski
    Mauro Lanza © Juliette Servietski