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Tue, 17 Sept



Cikada String Quartet at Ultima & Oslo Quartet Series

Ultima & Oslo Quartet Series present Cikada String Quartet

Cikada String Quartet at Ultima & Oslo Quartet Series
Cikada String Quartet at Ultima & Oslo Quartet Series

Time & Location

17 Sept 2024, 19:00

Oslo, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway

About the Event

A chance to hear Cikada String Quartet’s first concert featuring a new permanent line-up of Karin Hellqvist and Sara Övinge (violins), Bendik Bjørnstad Foss (viola) and Torun Sæter Stavseng (cello). The programme reflects the lifespan of the quartet as it has evolved over more than 30 years, with threads that connect modernist icon György Ligeti via the leading contemporary composer Rebecca Saunders to the new generation, represented by Spanish-Colombian Fran Barajas.

From Ligeti’s ‘paradoxically continuous sound’, as the composer described it, to Saunders’s motifs buried beneath unstable shifting, sliding layers, and Barajas’s recomposed fragments from his earliest attempts at composing, the pieces are chosen by Cikada to challenge their own ability to express psychologically complex, dramatic musical events.


György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2 (1968)

Rebecca Saunders: Unbreathed (2017)

Fran Barajas: The Quartet in My Life (2021)

Additionally, the programme will include the upcoming VIVE Quartet performing a five-minute excerpt from Rolf Wallin’s collection of string quartet miniatures, Curiosity Cabinet. Fran Barajas will take part in a Q&A hosted by Kaja Bjørntvedt, former director of the Oslo Quartet Series.

Read more and buy your tickets here!

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