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.
From 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 with unique and new sounds and colours. Our wish is to make our own contribution to the grand repertoire available for string quartet by bringing together the links between the "savant" and traditional music of today.
After several encounters with several 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:
For the concert premiere of this programme, as well as for the album Itinéraire which will be recorded at the beginning 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.
Gabriel sivak - composition
An old travel companion, on the road with us since the beginning of the project Itinéraire... We have played his music since 2012, duo,s, trios, quintets,so it was high time we had a real string quartet from him !
Kinan azmeh - clarinet
We met in 2015 on stage 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 with a cello without limits, also feeds a huge passion for the art of string quartet. Having met him during another project a link was created and maintained, fed by our curiosity and admiration for his work...
Vincent Peirani - accordeon
A friend from conservatoire days, we have crossed paths with him since the beginning of the quartet mostly playing other people's music... This time we wanted a piece juste 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.