'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. Their dexterity and versatility as an ensemble and open approach to repertoire sees them connect with and inspire audiences by moving seamlessly from Haydn to Debussy to experimental contemporary music with space for some folk music along the way. Dedicated to the performance of new music, the group regularly commissions new works from established and emerging composers.
Members of Brother Tree Sound have played in chamber ensembles in many of Londons best loved venues including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. It is their love of the powerful intimacy of the string quartet that has brought them together and sees them continue their journey.
Over the past few seasons the quartet has recorded, made videos and commissioned new music for a variety of projects. Emerging composer and Royal Philharmonic Society prizewinner Ben Nobuto wrote a short piece 'Skip' for them after they met and collaborated on one of his Bento Beats projects. Infectiously playful in nature, 'Skip' focuses on exploring a broad spectrum of sounds and techniques and was recorded as part of a project the quartet was selected for in partnership with Watford Palace Theatre's Freelance Season supported by ACE. The quartet recently commissioned, wrote and arranged music for their new album 'Songs Without Words' which was released in November 2022.
Performances during the past season have included three separate performances of Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet for the Brunel University Concert Series, Chapel Royal Brighton and Aylesbury concert series. The group recently made a video recording of Peter Waltons's new work for string quartet "Short Stories' with plans for a premier next season. Earlier this year they co organised and played for a night of immersive and meditative new music championing no less than 10 composers for Bigo & Twigetti's label night as well as being invited back to Summer Music in City Churches Festival in June 2023 with a programme of Beethoven and Ravel for an early evening concert.
Brother Tree Sound released their hugely successful EP Interstices, in 2020 which has been streamed over 10 million times worldwide. They named it after the Latin word for 'The Space Between' with the idea to bring together four quite different styles of music that explore the same intangible idea of finding the spaces between notes, phrases, musical landscape and performers.The EP has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 a number of times.
Future projects include a recording of early 20th century French music to be released later this year, various concerts featuring a new commission by Peter Fribbins for string quartet and horn, concerts with a variety of programmes for Amersham Concert Club, Chapel Royal - Brighton and in Wheatley Oxfordshire.