Gaudeamus Saturday Night 2021

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2021Gaudeamus Saturday Night 2021

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Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini has been a welcome guest at Gaudeamus for many years. Closely linked to the hyper-creative contemporary scene in Montréal, this adventurous and radical quartet strives little by little to push the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. In this concert they play world premieres by the ‘brilliant musical scientist’, composer and video artist Nicole Lizée and 1994 Gaudeamus Award winner Richard Ayres. Ayres extends the quartet with the Dutch duo 7090: Nora Mulder on piano and Koen Kaptijn on euphonium. Plus music by the sculptor, visual artist, musician and composer Kim Farris-Manning.

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Review

Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten, September 12, 2021

We close the evening with the Quatuor Bozzini, who will also be performing again today. This Canadian string quartet has become one of the most prominent in contemporary music and tonight they once again more live up to their reputation. They kick off with Criterion Collection by fellow countrywoman Nicole Lizée, now famous for her collages of film images and music. As the title indicates, these are images from the famous Hollywood studio. It’s always nice that the musicians incorporate small aspects of the film into their performance, such as the tearing of the tape at the beginning of the piece. There is certainly theater in No. 54 (Aquarium) by former laureate Richard Ayres, for which the quartet is reinforced by Nora Mulder on synthesizer and Koen Kaptijn on euphonium. In the midst of a noisescape that would not be out of place in a thriller, we hear the cellist, Isabelle Bozzini, together with Mulder and Kaptijn, while successively the two violinists and the viola player come up to do a solo performance in front of a sanseverdia and a floor-standing seventies lamp. Disruptive sounds become our portion.

This Canadian string quartet has become one of the most prominent in contemporary music and tonight they once again more live up to their reputation.