Feb 9th, 2023 | 20:00. ignm Basel "EYÉO - New transcultural music for kanun and string quartet", Gare du Nord, Basel, Switzerland. 


In collaboration with the Greek kanunist Sofia Labropoulou, the Sonar Quartet is developing new commissioned works by Dimitri Papageorgiou and Stefan Pohlit, as well as its own framework program that continues to spin the aesthetic directions of the compositions on the borders of improvisation. Against the background of the arithmetic tradition of the Aegean region, the focus is now on the development of a microtonal playing practice, on which the modern kanun (descendant of the Pythagorean monochord) is based.

With Sofia Labropoulou, the ensemble focuses on a personality who has translated the musical heritage of the European and Aegean musical traditions into a living practice. Papageorgiou’s and Pohlit’s completely different perspectives are flanked within the program by a separate improvisation laboratory, which transforms the purely subjective perspectives of the compositional styles in the mirror of the equally subjective “interaction culture” of the ensemble. The framework program is also based in parts on composed works of the Turkish makam tradition, which the ensemble arranges and alienates independently before becoming independent with the theoretical foundations of the arithmetic tradition.


Sonar Quartet: Susanne Zapf (violin), Wojciech Garbowski (violin), Ian Anderson (viola), Konstantin Manaev (cello); Sofia Labropoulou (kanun)


Works by Stefan Pohlit and Dimitri Papageorgiou


The concert will be recorded by SRF2 and broadcast on 15.2.


60 minutes, no break