the penderecki string quartet

The Penderecki String Quartet has performed Frank Zappa compositions in concert.

February 2004, the Pendericki String Quartet contributed to a Zappa tribute called "Zapparadox".

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Penderecki to celebrate Polish roots

Wed, April 5, 2006
Formed in Poland 20 years ago and now one of Canada's leading chamber ensembles, the Penderecki String Quartet opens a musical "bridge" to its homeland tonight at Aeolian Hall.

Known for championing contemporary music, the quartet has a repertoire ranging from Franz Haydn to Frank Zappa and also has premiered more than 100 new works.

Tonight's concert adds another work to that list, as the quartet joins brilliant young Polish guitarist Grzegorz Krawiec in the world premiere of The Great Bridge. The piece is for guitar and string quartet by Marcin Banasik, who was born in 1982 in Wagrowiec, Poland.

Krawiec was born in 1980. In 1999, he entered the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, completing his masters' degree in guitar performance. His solo debut CD, Journey -- Podroz (M068A) was released in November. The review in the December 2005 edition of Soundstage raved: "Incredible, playing with the enthusiasm of youth, yet possessing a maturity far beyond his tender age. He is a total virtuoso."

In addition to the premiere, the program tonight includes works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mozart and Rodrigo.

The Penderecki String Quartet was formed in Poland in 1986. Its recent schedule has included concerts in New York, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Paris, Los Angeles, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, and China. It joined Juno-winning jazz star Jane Bunnett of Toronto in a London concert this year.

Violinists Jeremy Bell and Jerzy Kaplanek, viola player Christine Vlajk, and cellist Simon Fryer comprise the quartet. Kaplanek is the only original member left.

The quartet's diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich (Eclectra and Marquis labels) and the newly released Bartok cycle. The quartet also has collaborated with the London-based Aeolian Winds.

The ensemble is celebrating its 14th year as quartet-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

On Friday, the quartet performs with Krawiec at Knox Presbyterian Church in Stratford at 8 p.m.

from the University of Waterloo Gazette

February 21, 2004

 Zapparadox, the NuMus concert with Penderecki Quartet and guests did music inspired by Zappa and one of Zappa's heroes, Bela Bartok. Despite amplification and ambient noises, a terrific show. Quartets by Penderecki, Phil Glass, Zappa himself, and a bit of the Bartok Fourth in riveting performances; plus quartets with extras by John Oswald, Aiden Baker, and Jascha Narveson ("Bartok Remix," a fantastic creation reassorting and altering the finale of Bartok's Fifth Quartet). Even Zappa's own piece was actually pretty interesting. Innovative and enterprising! 

Friday, February 20, 2004, 10pm, Temple Studios, Guelph, 
Saturday, February 21, 2004, 10pm, the Starlight Club, Waterloo, 
Sunday, February 22, 2004, the Rivoli, Toronto, 

A heavy-hitting experimental club show sure to be all-the-rave. This tribute to the late Frank Zappa explores his many paradoxes. Warning: stage antics may be offensive to some. 11pm Dj set tba.

Aidan Baker
: electric guitar and vocals
Alan Bloor
: metal works and electronics
Richard Moore
: drumkit & percussion
: turntables
The Penderecki String Quartet

Aidan Baker Zappa
: Lifeforms (2004)
John Oswald
: Mach for string quartet and Metal Rock samples (1993)
Jascha Narveson
: Bartok 5 Remix (2004)
Frank Zappa
: III Revised
Frank Zappa
: G-Spot Tornado, arr.
Peter Eötvös
: Psalm 151, In Memoriam Frank Zappa (1993)




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