The Quatuor Umlaut is a brand new ensemble initiated by violinists Amaryllis Billet and Anna Jalving, who are joined by violist Fanny Paccoud and cellist Sarah Ledoux. The creation of this quartet is an opportunity to constitute an ensemble who is willing to venture into the sound spaces of today’s music by working with composers, to question the relationship with writing and improvisation, and to rediscover the pieces of the repertoire. Even if it is centered around the string quartet strictly speaking, this ensemble wishes to be mobile and to join in the complicit collaboration of other artists.
Their first recording of the music of Karl Naegelen and Morton Feldman is the occasion to work with Joris Rühl and to constitute a quintet with clarinet. Karl Naegelen is truly involved in this project, accompanying the creation of his piece Calques, written in 2020 for the Quatuor Umlaut and Joris Rühl, and lending an informed ear to the work of interpretation of Feldman’s quintet.
Members of the band