Uniquely charting the fine-line between improvisation and composed music, the London-based Mercury Quartet comprises four rising stars of Europe’s contemporary music scene.
The Mercury Quartet’s mantra is to explore and champion new music, in all its different guises. This naturally lends itself to their extensive work as educators in Universities, Music Colleges and Schools all over the world. They are responsible for the commissioning of many new works from the most talented and lauded composers of the younger generation (Mark Simpon, Charlotte Bray and Edmund Finnis to name a few) – the best of which will be the subject of their next disc with the NonClassical label, ‘Mercury Commissions’. Their first album with the same label was called ‘Mercury Acoustic’ and featured the group’s own free composed/improvised music. It was positively received by critics and fans of the improvisation genre, and even used as the soundtrack to a contemporary ballet that toured Europe.
For the past two years, the Mercury Quartet have been curating and performing their own series at the Forge in Camden: Mercury RADAR. These concerts quickly became an unmissable event in the contemporary music scene in London. They have also appeared in major London venues such as Kings Place and in many different festivals across Europe such as Jardins Musicaux in Switzerland and Meridian festival in Romania.
Their most exciting recent activity has involved touring and performing the world famous music of the band Queen, which has been passionately and authentically arranged by Vlad Maistorovici. The group have toured Switzerland in the Summer of 2013 and Romania in the Winter of 2012 - performing their ‘Queen Classics’ show to sold out houses. In 2014 they will be touring Spain, Switzerland, France and Romania with this project.
Poul Ruders Comission
I am in the process of commissioning from Danish composer Poul Ruders a clarinet and string quartet piece. The medium of clarinet and string quartet is an incredibly versatile and expressive chamber combination. This will be a 20 minute work and will be toured throughout Europe and USA. The estimated completion date for this project is 2015. If you would like to support the commission of this work then do get in touch.
Trinity Laban Fellowship
The role of Richard Carne Junior Fellow for Individuals at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a position with much scope for creativity, and one that I am honoured to have been awarded.
My roles include coaching ensembles, working with the composition department, taking clarinet classes and giving concerts/curating concerts. In 2014 we will be presenting the music of Luigi Dallapiccola alongside new compositions. These will have choreographed contemporary ballet from the students of Laban and feature musicians from Trinity College of Music.