A new take on the string quartet

Monday 30 March 2015

String Quartet The NOISE will launch their new album Stream and perform on Tuesday night as part of a residency at the ANU School of Music.

Not your traditional string quartet, The NOISE’s signature sound makes use of amplifiers, improvisation and collective composition.

Lecturer at the School of Music Dr Erin Helyard said The NOISE members were fantastic role models for students and hosting them as this year’s Ensemble in Residence fit well with some of the School’s research and teaching priorities.

“The NOISE represents a crossover between the mainstream classical world and a newer world that takes its inspiration from other genres, like popular music and improvisation,” he said.

“They’re the musicians of the future in that they’re so widely diverse – they have combined a traditional classical training with innovative crossovers into digital media and technology, free improvisation, and new sonic effects and performative possibilities.

“It’s a good model for what our students might be doing in 10-20 years, and fits with the School’s vision that promotes a new kind of musician who is multi-disciplinary and engaged across a wide variety of genres and disciplines.”

Band members include violinists Veronique Serret and Mirabai Peart, cellist Oliver Miller, with James Eccles on the viola. During the ANU visit Liisa Pallandi will fill in for Mirabai, who is currently overseas.

While at ANU the group will also run workshops with students and perform in the School’s Lunchbox series on 2 April.

The musicians have worked with many of Australia’s most well-known orchestras and ensembles. They have also collaborated with musicians from some of the top jazz, world, and pop groups from Australia and around the world, including Joanna Newsom, Gurrumul, and The Presets.

Stream, recorded over two days, consists entirely of self-composed and freely improvised material. The music on the resulting album is an eclectic mix of atmospheric sounds, minimalist rhythms, and heartfelt compositions, drawing on the group’s wide array of musical influences.

“In contrast to the careful and prescribed music-making of a traditional string quartet, the creative process of The NOISE involves immersing deeply in a stream of consciousness and composing in real time,” said NOISE cellist Oliver Miller.

Stream is very much an album of journeys and contrasts, and every track documents something ephemeral and un-graspable.”

The group’s performance on Tuesday will feature the world premiere of composer Alex Pozniak's piece Force Fields for electric string quartet.

The ANU School of Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Events throughout the residence: 

Tuesday, 31 March, 7:30pm: Performance (ticketed), and album launch, Big Band Room, ANU School of Music./events

Wednesday, 1 April: Workshop for ANU School of Music students

Thursday, 2 April, 1pm: Free Lunchbox series, Big Band Room, ANU School of Music.

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