CD ACE 191: £3.99
Andy's composition for ukulele and string quartet...
was born of a conversation with Mary Agnes Krell,
Director of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. I had
played the Festival a couple of times its
the biggest annual ukulele event in the UK and
Mary asked if I would come back again, but with some new
and surprising music. This awoke a long-lost dream in my
mind: the idea of combining the ukulele with a
traditional string quartet.
The quartet (two
violins, viola and cello) is a much-loved sound palette
and theres a long history of adding an 'extra'
instrument to it, such as flute, clarinet or piano, to
create new textures. I really felt it was time to explore
the way a uke could blend with the orchestral bowed
string instruments. As a violinist myself, I have long
been aware how closely related the uke and violin are.
Pluck the open A string on each and youre hard
pressed to hear much difference between them. In fact,
alternating strums across the open strings passed between
the uke and first violin became the basis of the pieces
middle movement. I wanted textures and colours to be as
much part of the musical material as melodic motifs. Its
a new combination and I was excited to explore it.
- Andy Eastwood, 2019
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