'This feeling of the texture of the sound seems to be of primary importance to the players... These are performances where I was conscious of the magical physicality of the sound'
Formed in 2017 Brother Tree Sound are setting new criterion for the string quartet in the 21st century. Dedicated to encouraging new ways of listening through collectively interpreting the landscape and language of classical music in the present, the quartet engage in projects that resonate with this ethos as well as writing their own music and commissioning new works.
Over the past few seasons the group has recorded, made videos and commissioned new music for a variety of projects including Watford Palace Theatre's Freelance Season, Summer Music in City Churches Festivals 2021 & 2022, which have been funded by ACE and the Herbert Howells trust. Last year they commissioned emerging composer Ben Nobuto to write 'Skip' for string quartet which they premiered in London in 2021. The quartet have recently commissioned a new work by composer Peter Fribbins for string quartet and horn. Summer 2022 has seen the innovative group perform a new programme of English music as well as commissioning, writing and arranging music for a new album which they recorded in June and will be released in October. Concerts this Autumn will feature Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' quartet which is often described as being one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire.
The groups first recording, Fiona Brice’s Quartet no.1, which they premiered in London, has been played on radio 3’s Late Junction, Night Tracks and BBC Sounds. Brother Tree Sound’s open approach to repertoire sees them connect with and inspire audiences by moving seamlessly from the core repertoire to experimentalism, from minimalism to laptop jams with space for some folk music along the way. Their second EP Interstices (2020) saw them continue their journey to innovate by bringing together four quite different styles of music that explore the same intangible idea of finding the spaces between notes, phrases, musical landscape and performers, reaching many listeners through being streamed over one million times across the various listening platforms. For their new album which will be released in October 2022 the group has recorded music written by their friends; composers Rael Jones, Jim Perkins and Daniel Hewson as well as writing their own music for the project.
Future projects include a recording of French music for Resonus, concerts with a variety of programmes for Brunel University concert series Chapel Royal - Brighton and outreach projects in Watford.