Words and Music — Orchestration for the String Quartet: Research-Creation with the ACTOR Project




Childhood daydreams, shimmering textures, meteorological phenomena, and traditional Persian music were inspirations for four new string quartets written for Quatuor Bozzini. These were workshopped over a multi-phase research collaboration with four composers — Chelsea Komschlies and Marilou Buron from McGill University, plus Miko Sabatino and Showan Tavokol from Université de Montréal—and four researchers (Robert Hasegawa, Jimmie LeBlanc, Jade Roth, and Emanuelle Majeau-Bettez) who tested and developed strategies for timbre-based approaches to string quartet composition. Four unique and colourful approaches to string quartet writing. A co-production of ACTOR (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration) and Quatuor Bozzini.