Works for string quartet

As part of the Warsaw Autumn festival
Fri 15 September 2017,
10:30 p.m.
Filharmonia Narodowa

Can the string quartet, the emblematic formation of classical music, change through its use of advanced technologies or, on the contrary, basic techniques that change the physical nature of the instruments?

The American composer Ashley Fure imagines an unexpected augmented instrument: stethoscopes that move along the surface of the instrument’s body, animating an inanimate object. Searching for "electric blood, digital breathing, of a bestial future in the very heart of the tradition of the string quartet…"

Mauro Lanza controls transducers applied to instruments and explores obsolescent technologies, like the modulation used for television and radio. The art of codified misappropriation as a style.


Krzysztof Penderecki Quartetto per archi n°1

Dominik Karski In Search of Certainty

Mauro Lanza The 1987 Max Headroom Broadcast Incident Premiere 2017
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, ProQuartet-Centre européen de musique de chambre, the Automne de Varsovie, and Milano Musica

Ashley Fure Anima Premiere 2017
Commissioned by the gmem-CNCM-marseille, the Théâtre d’Orléans, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, and ProQuartet-Centre européen de musique de chambre


Quatuor Diotima
Yun-Peng Zhao Violin
Constance Ronzatti Violin
Franck Chevalier Viola
Pierre Morlet Cello

Charles Bascou (Gmem), Manuel Poletti, Vincent Isnard (IRCAM) Computer Music Design
Jérémie Bourgogne IRCAM Sound Engineer

With the support of the ULYSSES Network, supported by the European Union’s Creative program and the Sacem.
  • Le Quatuor Diotima  © DR
    Le Quatuor Diotima © DR
  • Ashley Fure  © DR
    Ashley Fure © DR
  • Mauro Lanza  © DR
    Mauro Lanza © DR