On Monday 31st of January, four of us played as part of the launch night for the album ‘Grains’ by contemporary composer Jim Perkins.
The musicians were myself and Louise Bevan on violins, Adrian Smith on viola and Alexandra Mackenzie on ‘cello. The evening was largely devoted to Jim Perkins’s music which is experimental in nature and uses technology to help expand the sound palette. The main piece we were involved in was scored for string quartet, piano and laptop which contributed some startling sonic effects. The co-ordination between the real instruments and electronic sounds was achieved through the use of a click track played through headphones.
Tags: Alternative Classical, Contemporary Classical Music, electronica and acoustic instruments, Experimental classical music, Jim Perkins Grains, Live strings for performance, String quartet and laptop, Vortex Jazz Club