Quest Ensemble

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Location: London

Website: questensemble.co.uk

Quest Ensemble is an exciting mix cultured, genre bending contemporary trio, carving their own path in contemporary music scene. A melting pot of three versatile composer/performers with a decade of making, re-shaping and experimenting together has become one collective compositional voice.
 
Preetha Narayanan (violin), Tara Franks (cello) and Filipe Sousa (piano)- write together in complete collaboration creating new music that pushes the boundaries of the classical piano trio set up, sitting in a truly unique musical landscape between chamber, jazz, folk, electronic and 21stC contemporary classical music.
 
Never shying away from a haunting melody yet holding onto an internal infectious rhythmic drive, Quest Ensemble weaves together a lyrical tapestry of acoustic sound, seamlessly blending improvisation with devised composition.
Drawing on influences as broad as the contemporary minimalism of John Adams and Steve Reich the experimental melancholic textures of Radiohead and progressive jazz precision of Brad Mehldau, Quest Ensemble has created a distinctive sound that is entirely their own.
 
“Compositionally complex, inventive in technique, and wonderfully ambiguous in tonality, this was a joy to behold”~Jazzwise
 
Quest Ensemble has performed in venues from intimate music pubs to concert halls both in the UK and abroad including; Southbank Centre, Vortex Jazz Club, Union Chapel, Wilton’s Music Hall, CCB- Lisbon , MAXXI, Rome. They have written music for dance, theatre and collaborate regularly with London based visual artist Somang Lee - a recent highlight the creation of a large-scale audio-visual production at CCB, Lisbon's Big Bang Festival.
 
“"Quest ensemble was one of the revelations of the Big Bang festival in 2018. Blending outstanding music with visual arts..." - Wouter Van Looy, Director of The Big Bang Festival
 
In 2014 Quest self-released their much lauded debut album 'Footfall'. they and are set to release their exciting second album early 2020.
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