We’re delighted to be undertaking a project alongside the wonderful Kate Williams Trio, with dates, yet to be announced, in 2016. Here’s a little spiel about the collaboration:
‘This is a new collaboration between acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams and The Guastalla Quartet. Kate first met violinists John Garner and Marie Schreer whilst working on ‘Bill Evans And The Impressionists’ at the 2014 Guildhall Jazz Festival. The programme featured works by piano legend Bill Evans which Williams arranged for her jazz trio and full orchestra. The repertoire for this new project includes material by Bill Evans, originals by Williams, as well as some jazz standards. The style of writing and arranging exploits the varied sound pallet of both string quartet and jazz trio, creating contrasts between the improvised and the notated, and between sustained textures and strong grooves. As with her previous arranging ventures, Kate is seeking a fully integrated approach (this is definitely not a jazz trio with string accompaniment!), as this line-up provides a wealth of interesting instrumental sonorities.‘
Here are a couple of lovely snaps taken by Daniela Fleckenstein at our recent lunchtime recital at St Stephen Walbrook.
We are delighted to be working on an exciting and innovative new project in the next few months. Spun Through Shadows is the brainchild of composer Cameron Michael Graham, choreographer Thea Stanton and sound/lighting designer Oliver Doyle, featuring dancers Gordon Raeburn and Verena Schneider, and yours truly, The Guastalla Quartet. Check out this video below to find out more about the project:
The premiere will take place at Baylight, Queensway, on December 6th, with further performances planned for February and March of 2015. The project is reliant upon financial support from organisations and individuals, so we kindly ask that you take the time to read about it, and then donate if you are able to. Click here to visit the official website.
On another note, we now have our own logo, designed by Jack Scott. Take a peek below!
Good evening ladies and gentlemen!
We would like to present to you our second album ‘One One One’. We were very lucky to have had it recorded live at Boulder Studios in Bern during our tour of Germany and Switzerland two months ago. For a limited time only, it is available to you at your own price.
John, Julian, Marie, and Sam
Hello friends, family and supporters!
It is now almost two months since we returned from our European Tour. It was a wonderful time of travelling and making music. Our tour began on Saturday June 28th with a flight from London to Bern, where we were warmly welcomed by the family of our cellist Samuel Justitz. It was straight into action the next day with our first concert of the tour – the Guastalla Quartet’s Switzerland début. Performing Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 11 and Milhaud’s String Quartet No. 1, we filled the Saal der Heilsarmee and received a standing ovation from a wonderful audience.
Having a tight schedule, we drove across the border to Germany the following morning. After lunch at the Schreer household, we met up with Steven Ebel, opera singer at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and composer. He had written and re-arranged the beginning of a cycle called ‘Birds’ for string quartet and tenor, and three lullabies to a text by WB Yeats. We performed both works, together with Dvorak and Milhaud, at a concert in the evening at Studio Rabus, a chamber music recital room in the attic of pianist and harpsichord builder Volker Rabus.
Tuesday was a day for visiting The Black Forest and rehearsing. After a quick trip into the mountains during our drive back to Switzerland, we took advantage of the afternoon off to prepare for our recording session on Wednesday at Boulder Studios in Bern. The session was hard work, but great fun. We will shortly be releasing the end product in the form of our second album.
Tired, but with many wonderful memories, we flew back to London on Thursday. With just a little time to spare for Marie’s graduation ceremony, we drove to Norwich on the same evening to take our place as artists in residence for the Norwich Chamber Music Festival over the weekend, where we both led a string orchestra in the stunning Norwich Cathedral, and gave our final quartet performance of the tour in the iconic Park Lane Chapel.
We had an amazing week and would like to thank everyone who has supported us and made this tour possible:
Alan & Joan Gittins
Carmen & Wolf-Günther Schreer
Frank & Ruth Garner
L’Association Musicale de Combret sur Rance
Sikander Singh Chahal
Hello hello all you out there!
We have some wonderful news for you. On March 9th we went into Konk Studios to record Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 no. 2 and Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3. And now the result is online. We have published our first studio album ‘Live @ Konk Studios’ on Bandcamp. Follow this link, pay the price of your choice, and get your own copy!
We had a wonderful time last night at Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street. It’s a beautiful building with a wonderful acoustic. Thanks to the Tea Time Live Concert Series for having us and creating such a welcoming and intimate setting for our first outing of the year. It was a privilege to share the stage with young poet Jolade Olusanya, who is surely a big name in the making. We hope to join him again in the near future. Messeurs Beethoven and Shostakovich – we hope we did you justice. Now back to the drawing board before our concert on March 4th. See you there!
Just a quick greeting from The Guastalla Quartet. We are delighted to finally exist online! Here we’ll be bringing you news of forthcoming concerts, album releases, favourite breakfast cereals and movies we’ve watched (last night’s choice – ‘The Red Violin’… thoroughly recommended). We look forward to sharing our virtual journey together with you, Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous. Keep an eye on this site, and our social media pages (buttons on the right) if you want to stay up to date.
In the meantime, all that’s left to say is a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Keep smiling, cosmic travellers!