The Australian String Quartet adds another string to its national touring bow with an exciting new venture titled Close Quarters. Taking on the ambitious aim to break down barriers between audience and performers as well as offering a more accessible entry level to concert-going, this new concert series will deliver shorter and more informal concerts in unique and intimate spaces across the country.

Taking chamber music back to its roots, the ASQ’s hour-long Close Quarters concerts are designed to encourage audience conversation and engagement.

“We want to recreate what chamber music used to be – a group of people in a lounge room performing, listening to, discussing and enjoying music in a totally unselfconscious way. Somewhere along the line, large concert halls and the ‘concert etiquette’ that accompanied them removed the vital element of the audience in performance. As performers, we thrive off the energy we feel from the audience. It’s a two-way exchange.” says ASQ violinist Francesca Hiew.

The Close Quarters’ ‘gig-like’ style will be housed in venues such as bars, shops, restaurants and galleries to reinvent the concert atmosphere and attract new audiences to the string quartet genre. The new concert series of Close Quarters will also feature artistic and community collaborations with local artists and businesses.

The Australian String Quartet’s first Close Quarters series launched in September 2016 with concerts in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Healesville.  Seating is strictly limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment.