The Quatuor Bozzini is a passionate defender of contemporary music, so they’re no strangers at Transit. This year they’ll come to Leuven with Stefan Van Eycken’s new string quartet. They’ll have company in the form of two young quartets surrounding the audience for the work by the young American Anthony Vine, winner of the Gaudeamus award in 2016. They cpomplete their program with a work written for them by Egidija Medekšaitė.
Stefan Van Eycken (premiere) / Anthony Vine / Egidija Medekšaitė
Stefan Van Eycken
Stefan Van Eycken (°1975) studied musicology at KU
Leuven, took summer courses in English literature at the University of
Edinburgh and studied composition in Avignon with Marco Stroppa. In 1997 he
embarked upon a study regarding the oeuvre of Brain Ferneyhough at the Faculty
of Music in Edinburgh, where he tought analysis and esthetics of contemporary
music. In 2000, het left for Japan to study Yuji Takahashi’s music, where he
still resides today.
Vine (°1988) is a composer and guitarist currently living in San Diego,
California. His music is characterized by carefully sculpted fragile
landscapes, static networks of microtonal harmony, and strong influences from
visual artists and choreographers. It has been performed by the Minnesota
Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, Bozzini Quartet and Trio SurPlus, among others, with
performances at festivals throughout the world. In 2016, he was awarded the
Egidija Medekšaitė composes mostly chamber music, often combining acoustic and electronic sound. One of the most important underlying principles in her work is strict organization of all parameters of music,based on some predefined patterns (progressions ofpitches or durations, different numerological prodecures,etc). However, Medekšaitė’s music sounds more as a meditative flow than mathematically built structures.
Since 1999, Quatuor Bozzini has been
an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Not content to
parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and
boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they
have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion.
This has led to close to two hundred commissioned pieces, as well as over three
hundred premiered works.
Quartet Amsterdam is one of the most versatile string quartets at the moment.
With an open and animated style of playing, they reach the core of the music,
which they share with audiences from all over the world. Dudok proves that
music isn’t old or new, but always contemporary. The quartet isn’t afraid to be
vulnerable, and lets its heart speak to reach the essence of the music.
At the end of 2013, Alcea Quartet started
collaborating with BL!NDMAN and renamed themselves BL!NDMAN [strings]. Since
2014 the four young musicians work with Eric Sleichim to develop a more
contemporary repertoire, and to experiment with different ways of performing.