Contemporary classical music lovers may soon be able to wear their fandom on their phone thanks to the Spektral Quartet‘s clever new project, Mobile Miniatures. The ensemble (Aurelien Pederzoli and Austin Wulliman violins; Doyle Armbrust viola, and Russell Rollen, cello) has commissioned over 40 fabulous new-music composers from Chicago and around the United States to create snippets of music which can be used on any phone which supports custom ringtones and alerts.
The impressive list of collaborative composers includes Mason Bates, Seth Boustead, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Shulamit Ran, and Augusta Read Thomas. After receiving the scores, the Spektral Quartet will work on the pieces with the composers before entering into the studio to record the tiny treasures for use on phones such as iPhone and android devices. They’ll be available for purchase and download on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, and the quartet’s own website.
The project will culminate in an interactive exhibition and performance on March 29 at Constellation Chicago on March 29. Audience members will be able to hear the pieces, learn about the composers, meet those composers who are able to attend, and purchase the tracks. Special guest artists will join the Spektral Quartet for a live performance of many of the works.
The group is raising funds for Mobile Miniatures on Kickstarter from September 5-October 3. More information about the project is available in the video below.
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- Anthony de Mare: ‘Liaisons’ Project Illuminates Sondheim’s Genius as a Composer [Interview] (thecontrapuntist.com)