Playing the rich and demanding repertoire available for string quartet is enough to fill four lives... Carried by this heritage, we think of our group, the Quatuor Voce, as a motor for exploring unfamiliar territory.
In the beginning of the 20th century, Béla Bartók and Zoltan Kodaly travelled from village to village in their native Hungary and Romania collecting, transcribing and recording hundreds of popular melodies and songs.
This ethnomusicological work gave birth to masterpieces filled with unique and new sounds and colours. Our wish is to make our own contribution to the grand repertoire available for string quartet by merging music from oral traditions and the art of the string quartet.
After several encounters with many of the best jazz and world musicians, we have asked five composer-instrumentalists to imagine new works for us inspired by their own musical universe:
The recording of our "Itinéraire" repertoire took place in February 2018 at the TAP in Poitiers, France.
The cd is due to be released in the autumn of 2018 on the label Alpha Classics / Outhere ... until then we'll keep you posted with more news on this project ... watch this space !
For the concert premiere of this programme, as well as for the album Itinéraire recorded in February 2018 for Alpha Classics / Outhere Music, the piece Escalay by the Egyptian oud player Hamza el Din will feature, our little reference to the Kronos Quartet who have so inspired us in their approach to widening the string quartet repertoire.
For more precise information on programmes and guest artists for the concert version of "Itinéraire" please click here
Gabriel sivak - composition
An old travel companion, on the road with us since the beginning of the project “Itinéraire”... Argentinian by birth, living in Paris for many years, his compositions are heavily influenced by his South American roots. We have played his music since 2012 : duos, trios, quintets, so it was high time we had a real string quartet from him!
Kinan azmeh - clarinet
Eclectic Syrian clarinettist Kinan lives in New York and travels the world with, amongst others Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and his own “City Band”. We met in 2015 on stage together with the Kurdish singer Aynur... A beautiful evening followed the musical meeting, and the night-time promise to work together again would see the light of day with this project!
Vincent Segal - cello
This fabulous musician with a feel for all genres, artisan of integrity playing his cello without limits, also feeds a huge passion for the art of string quartet. His curiosity has taken him to the four corners of the world, playing with such diverse musicians as the Malian master of the kora Balake Sissoko, Sting, his own electro group “BumCello”, amongst others! Our meeting with him on another project forged a link and a desire to work together again…
Vincent Peirani - accordeon
A friend from conservatoire days, and one of the world’s most talented and sought-after accordionists, playing solo or together with one of his many partners such as saxophonist Emile Parisien, clarinettist Michel Portal, cellist François Salque… we have crossed paths with him since the beginning of the quartet mostly playing other people's music... This time we wanted a quintet just for us!
Kevin seddiki - guitar / zarb
Subtle guitarist and excellent zarb-player, this talented photographer and wonderful human being is at ease in Iran or Brazil, with Fauré or Al di Meola... The pleasure of playing, experimenting and laughing together came all at once.