Dublin Guitar Quartet

(Ireland)

Dublin Guitar Quartet by Laura Sheeran
Dublin Guitar Quartet by Laura Sheeran

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Strange to think that until the formation of The Dublin Guitar Quartet there had never been a guitar ensemble that specialised in contemporary classical music. Not deterred by the scarcity of repertoire the DGQ set about creating their own collection of work by focusing on transcriptions and new commissions. Their performances now boast a dynamic mix of celebrated masterpieces by the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Bryce Dessner alongside new commissions by composers such as Nico Muhly, Michael Gordon and Marc Mellits. On releasing a recording by the DGQ on his own label, Philip Glass recognised the novel nature of the group and noted that the DGQ has “carved a place for itself in the world of classical music.” They continue to break new ground by also performing as an electric guitar quartet. The US premiere of 'Amplified' by Michael Gordon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 is a good example of that.

Brian Bolger, guitar
Pat Brunnock, guitar
Tomas O’Durcain, guitar
Chien Buggle, guitar


Programme:

Bryce Dessner arr. by Brian Bolger and Dublin Guitar Quartet
Aheym

Rachel Grimes arr. by Brian Bolger and Dublin Guitar Quartet
Book of Leaves
: Every Morning
: My Dear Companion
: Every Morning, Birds

Philip Glass arr. by Brian Bolger and Dublin Guitar Quartet
Saxophone Quartet Mvt. I

Nikita Koshkin
Changing of the Guard