In 2016 the American composer Anthony Vine won the Gaudeamus Award. The jury commended him for his solid, mature and beautifully designed fragile acoustic world. His commissioned work, linked to his winning the Award, is now being premiered.
Anthony Vine places the Bozzini String Quartet in the middle of the church, with the audience in a circle around them, and behind them the two meticulously placed string quartets Dudok Kwartet and BLINDMAN strings. In this voluminous work Vine has in mind a compelling ‘dream landscape’ of subtly sculpted music. There exists no better performance venue for this than the wonderful acoustics of the Geertekerk.
The spatial setting in the church is also excellently suited to William Dougherty’s Three Formants for five trombonists, which he wrote in 2014 for a large, resonant space. The Bozzini Quartet opens the concert with the emotional Carrying by Lawrence Dunn, written during a period of mourning. Both composers are Gaudeamus Award nominees this year.
Since 1999, Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Hailing from hyper-creative Montreal, the radically contemporary quartet ventures off the beaten track and is known for its risky choices, cutting across styles, movements and trends, with both established and brand-new works. In doing so it always applies its own rigorous qualitative criteria. All in all it has built up a hugely diverse repertoire, including more than 180 commissioned works and nearly 300 premieres. A Bozzini Quartet concert is virtually a religious experience, partly thanks to its meticulous and almost sensuous attention to detail.