Kate Williams Trio Collaboration

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.

Pianist and composer Kate Williams

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One One One with love from Switzerland

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.

Go ahead, grab your own copy, and enjoy an hour of beautiful music by Dvořák and Milhaud!

Love,

John, Julian, Marie, and Sam

'One One One' by The Guastalla Quartet

 

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European Tour

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.

Guastalla Quartet in Bern

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.

Guastalla Quartet in Germany

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.

Guastalla Quartet at Studio Boulder

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:

AJ Churchill

Alan & Joan Gittins

Alexander Weitz

Alice Suri

Andreas Stoller

Anton Nazareth

Barbara Weitz

Benjamin Woodgates

Carmen & Wolf-Günther Schreer

Christian Prior

Christina Webb

Diana Robinson

Dinah Brooks

Florian Rosset

Frank & Ruth Garner

Joanna Norton

Josh Green

Juliette Avigdor

Katja Nilsen

Kajza Ekberg

Kathryn Franzen

Klara Kjellen

L’Association Musicale de Combret sur Rance

Lucy Akehurst

Lucy Thornton

Manfred Frenzel

Mark Levin

Martin Fish

Matthias Staudenmann

Neeta Sarl

Neville Fish

Nicholas Little

Noam Faingold

Othon Mataragas

Paul Thomas

Pierre O’Reilly

Rimma Sushanskaya

Samuel Pegg

Sikander Singh Chahal

Tarry Mass

Tim Beilby

Ursula Frenzel

William Goodchild

We would also like to thank Family Justitz and Family Schreer for their wonderful hospitality during our tour, and Diapason Music Academy and Steven Ebel for their great help and collaboration!

Guastalla Quartet in Durlach

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We were live @ Konk Studios!

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!

'Live @ Konk Studios' by The Guastalla Quartet

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First concert of the year

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!

Soundcheck in Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street

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Hello world!

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!

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