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Russian-German Composers Quartet: Not Only For…

Currently the pace of musical evolution around the world has quickened enormously as improvements have been made in transportation and communication. An increasing number of musicians have gained a working knowledge of more and more genres and are blending them in many different ways. This, I think, has brought about a golden age during which forms are being created out of syntheses the way jazz was initiated about a century ago.

Western classical music is certainly part of the international mix, so it’s interesting to see contemporary classical composers get involved in genre blending. Two members of this quartet are from Cologne, two from Moscow. From time to time they get together to make music. Two, Dietmar Bonnen and Ivan Sokoloff, are keyboardists. Alexei Ajgi plays violin and Manfred Niehaus viola. They double on other instruments, bring in guest artists and use sampling, enabling them to choose from a more varied timbral palette.

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