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MGQ

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As Melbourne’s leading guitar ensemble, Melbourne Guitar Quartet’s (MGQ’s) blend of innovative arrangements, technical flair and superb ensemble playing place it as a brilliant addition to Australia’s musical landscape.

Through MGQ’s unique guitar family instrumentation of classical bass, baritone, standard, treble and octave guitars, it has worked tirelessly towards establishing itself as a guitar quartet unlike any other with self-penned re-workings of established classics and a passion for newly commissioned works. MGQ embodies a vibrant and dynamic onstage musical persona that has amassed diverse audience appeal since their formation in 2005, captivating avid lovers of chamber music and guitar aficionados alike, as well as leaving concert first-timers fascinated by its unique musical approach. With MGQ at the helm, guitar performance is set to be transformed as the four guitarists continue to explore the world of their instrument as you have never heard or seen before.

Inspired by iconic 20th-century works, Melbourne Guitar Quartet delves into vast sonic landscapes comprising hypnotic pulses and rhythms. A harmonic tapestry hints towards Spain and India in Terry Riley’s G Song, the genius of Pat Metheny is reimagined in new arrangements, and the blending of contemporary influences and classical guitar shines in works by Andrew York and Steve Reich.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Guitar Quartet

PROGRAM

Pat Methany, Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Heat of the Day

Terry Riley
G Song

Pat Methany, Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Letter From Home

Andrew York
Quiccan
B&B (performed with guest artists)

Steve Reich
Electric Counterpoint

ARTISTS

Benjamin Dix
Dan McKay
Jeremy Tottenham
Michael MacManus

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2019

Now in its eighth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Melbourne Guitar Quartet

The Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ) is dedicated to the development of new chamber music repertoire for the instrument. MGQ uses the guitar family of instruments (classical bass, baritone, standard, treble and octave guitars) producing a rich and broad timbral spectrum for guitar ensemble performance.

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