Close Quarters 2017 Wrap

Published On: Thu 26 October

There are only two Close Quarters performances left for 2017 – two last minute opportunities to get up close and personal with the ASQ in unique and intimate venues.

In Sydney on Monday 13 November, 7pm, check out Creative Space 99, a great laneway venue in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.  Presented by Backstage Music, ASQ will share a new work it recently premiered in the NextNOW Festival in the US by Alexandra T Bryant, along with works by Joe Chindamo, Bartók, Beethoven, Philip Glass and Scarlatti.  Emerging artist Will Hansen (double bass) will be a support act.  (ASQ + Will Hansen)

Then what could be more true to the art of Chamber Music than performing in a house?  The final Close Quarters on Saturday 2 December, 7pm will be in a real lounge room, hosted by ASQ’s good friend and genius guitar-maker Domenic Roscioli in suburban Adelaide.  Another way of sharing wonderful string quartet music with friends and in cosy surroundings, this will be a relaxing night to ease into the Summer festive season.  (ASQ Close Quarters)

These events conclude another successful year of the ASQ’s Close Quarters performances.  The quartet aims to make each experience unique, choosing a variety of small venues, bringing out their latest musical ideas and showing their latest work.  Each concert is different, taking in the atmosphere of each space, each acoustic, each audience and the vibe of each day.  Two performances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival started Close Quarters for 2017 at The Jade in Flinders Street, Adelaide, winning the ASQ a Fringe Weekly Award.  Other interesting venues have been Can You Keep a Secret? – a vintage Lounge in Brisbane;  St Georges College Student Common Room in Perth and Architect-designed MPavilion in Melbourne.  ASQ has also incorporated Close Quarters style events in festival programs such as the Barossa Baroque and Beyond Festival and overseas on tour at Music on Main in Vancouver, Canada.

Close Quarters continues to take chamber music back to its roots with performances designed to encourage audience conversation and engagement and to show how moving string quartet music can be in a small intimate space.