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“Compositionally complex, inventive in technique, and wonderfully ambiguous in tonality, this was a joy to behold” ~Jazzwize

“The interplay of musical lines is dextrous and intriguing” ~ London Jazz News

 

ABOUT

London-based contemporary trio Quest Ensemble bring a unique take to the classical piano trio format.  A collaboration between 3 versatile performers/composers - Filipe Sousa (piano), Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello), their varied musical styles weave together a lyrical tapestry of sound, blending improvisation with co-created original compositions.

Drawing on influences as broad as the contemporary minimalism of John Adams and Steve Reich to medieval plainchant, the experimental melancholic textures of Radiohead to the progressive jazz precision of Brad Mehldau, their lyrical melodic lines, rich harmonies and interwoven rhythmic counterpoint place the trio in a unique musical landscape between chamber, jazz, folk and 20th century classical music.

They are also regularly invited to collaborate on cross arts projects, most recently creating a show with visual artist Somang Lee that was premiered in Lisbon, Portugal at Centro Cultural de Belém as a part of the Big Bang Festival. Quest Ensemble also has a track record of site specific installations and sound commissions for dance and visual artists. 



 
  FOOTFALL (2014) - debut album     The group’s attractive blend of classical textures, jazz techniques and emotive melodies speak directly and emotively  ~ **** Sinfini Music    Moments in time, crossing paths, footfall of the past and present...   From an ancient leper hospice in Oxford to a stark urban underground rehearsal space, the compositions that form this debut album are rooted in a sense of place.

FOOTFALL (2014) - debut album

The group’s attractive blend of classical textures, jazz techniques and emotive melodies speak directly and emotively ~ **** Sinfini Music


Moments in time, crossing paths, footfall of the past and present...

From an ancient leper hospice in Oxford to a stark urban underground rehearsal space, the compositions that form this debut album are rooted in a sense of place.