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Our first time in Darwin, and we can't wait! We'll be playing some of our favourite tunes to some new friends!

Tickets and more info here.

NOVEMBER 22, 2019
 

Darwin Entertainment Centre

Studio Theatre

8:00pm

DECEMBER 1, 2019
 

Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton

1:00 & 4:30pm

Come help us celebrate 20 years of music making at our favourite Adelaide pub, the Wheatsheaf Hotel. We'll be playing some of our favourite tunes and we'll be launching a new collaborative birthday beer.

All tix $15. Limited capacity so please book here. 

NOVEMBER 1, 2019
 

Hopgood Theatre, Norlunga

4:30pm

As an International Partner of Carnegie Hall, The Lullaby Project Australia invites parents of young children to take part in a unique six-week songwriting program, in collaboration with three leading musicians at four venues across the Onkaparinga region of South Australia. Through singing, story-telling and personal lullaby writing, the project focusses on family wellbeing, parent to child connection, community and child development.

A community-wide celebratory concert will take place at Hopgood Theatre on Friday 1 November at 4:30pm, featuring the newly written lullabies performed by parent-songwriters and lead artists, accompanied by internationally acclaimed ensembles Zephyr Quartet and Aurora vocal ensemble.

This initiative has been developed through a collaboration of multiple partners who all acknowledge the power of music to improve the lives of individuals and communities. This is the first Lullaby Project to be established in Australia, as part of an International Partnership with Carnegie Hall, New York.

More information here.

OCTOBER 29-31, 2019
 

Dunstan Playhouse Theatre Foyer

Adelaide Festival Centre

Physical theatre, dance or fight club? Osaka-based collective Contact Gonzo first gained attention for their face-slapping, clothes-ripping, brawling performances via YouTube. Now the award-winning group bring their fantastically chaotic improvisation to Australia in a collaboration with Adelaide’s own Zephyr Quartet, who provide a melodic counterbalance to the tense yet playful constant physical contact of the performers. Expect surprises, twists and turns in this special performance event, which is at once explosive and tender, very funny and very serious.

Tickets and further information here.

OCTOBER 11-13, 2019
 

Port Fairy, Victoria

We're super thrilled to be invited to present two concerts at this wonderful festival - a concert version of our much-loved show Between Light and In Their Own Words an intimate performance of our original compositions and the stories behind them.

Between Light

OCTOBER 11, 8pm

Southcombe Park Stadium, Port Fairy

Tickets and further information here.

In Their Own Words

OCTOBER 12, 3:30pm

Drill Hall, Port Fairy

Tickets and further information here.

Domestic Alchemy is a musical response to Louise Haselton’s exhibition like cures like, written by Hilary Kleinig and performed amongst the artwork by Zephyr Quartet - a meditation that explores how repetition and observations from different points of view create greater understanding. 

Centred on new work, like cures like draws together the enduring concerns evident in Haselton’s oeuvre — revealing an artist who inspirationally illuminates the liveliness and communicative power of inanimate objects, and the invisible forces that bind and repel the world around us.

TICKETED / $15.00, inclusive of one complimentary drink - book here.


Each performance runs for 30 mins. Select a start time between 6—6.50pm. After your performance, you are invited to view the performance from the upstairs gallery for as long as you wish.

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27, 2019
 

Samstag Museum

Uni SA, North Tce, Adelaide

6:00-7:30pm

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27, 2019
 

Samstag Museum

Uni SA, North Tce, Adelaide

6:00-7:30pm

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27, 2019
 

Samstag Museum

Uni SA, North Tce, Adelaide

6:00-7:30pm

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
 

Wheatsheaf Hotel, George St, Thebarton

As part of COMA's (Creative Original Music Adelaide) Winter Series ZQ premieres 4 new works by some of Adelaide's most mulit-talented women  - Emma Luker, Karen De Nardi & Felicity Freeman, as well as Zephyr's 2019 Featured Emerging Artist Iran Sanadzadeh.

Tickets $15/$8 - available at the door. Doors 7:15, performance 7:30pm

Extended Play is back in 2019! The inaugural event last year was hailed as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years” (The Australian), and an “exhilarating festival, wonderfully supportive of local artists and ensembles, emerging talent and an audience eager to engage.” (Real Time). 

We are thrilled to be invited to be part of the extensive line-up - 20 Concerts of New Music in 12 Hours!

 

You can read all about the artists and program here and book tickets here.

AUGUST 31, 2019

Noon - Midnight
ZQ performs 8:30 - 9:30pm

City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

A visceral world of living and breathing new sounds, sinuous, sculptural and sizzling, in the form of a two-day festival event at Paddington Town Hall. Kontiki Racket counterpoints Ensemble Offspring with Adelaide’s celebrated string ensemble Zephyr Quartet, and throws in Hatched Academy artists past and current as well as a live installation of our latest line up of Offspring Bites videos. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention.

Saturday, June 22, 5pm

CONCERT 3 – Zephyr Quartet ‘Breathing’

Brendan Woithe – New Work (string quartet & electronics) 11’ WP
Cat Hope – Wall Drawing (string quartet, theremin & electronics) 11’
Lisa Cheney – When We Speak (cello & electronics) 12’
Anna Meredith – Music for Ravens (string quartet) 3’ AP 
Hilary Kleinig – New Work (string quartet) 4’
Caroline Shaw – Valencia (string quartet) 6′

More details of other concerts & the festival here.

JUNE 21-22, 2019

Paddington Town Hall, Sydney

Friday 21 June, 6.30pm & 8:30pm (Kontiki Bazaar 5-10pm)
Saturday 22 June, 5pm & 7pm (Kontiki Bazaar 3-9pm) 

Paddington Town Hall

Tickets: $65 ($35 concession) (+BF)

 

Socalled, “the mad wizard of Yiddish Hip-Hop,” goes back to his roots with a ground breaking, heartbreaking new show featuring songs from the Yiddish Theatre, Hassidic melodies, Klezmer, folksong, songs from the Holocaust and a number of new originals.

Performing with Zephyr Quartet arrangements that give the music the harmonic respect it so richly deserves. The revival is over, the Yiddish era is here again; come celebrate and explore the riches of this extraordinary culture.

“Powerful, beguiling, haunting and uplifting all at the same time” Dancing About Architecture

Quartet Bar

Adelaide Festival Centre

June 15, 6:30pm

June 16, 4:00pm

Tickets and more info here.

JUNE 15 & 16, 2019

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

 

Our award-winning collaboration with GayBird Leung has been selected to showcase at Classical:NEXT, one of 9 performances selected from over 400 applications.

Premiering at OzAsia Festival 2017 Music in Anticlockwise begins as a solo futurist electronic performance, winding backwards through time, remixing different sounds from historic eras, panning all the way back to Hayden’s Opus 1 string quartets.

In this cross-cultural, cross-artform collaboration we join the avant-garde electronic sound maestro of Hong Kong to traverse time and space.

Watch trailer here.

MAY 17, 2019
Classical:NEXT - showcase performance

De Doelen, Rotterdam

Two iconic ensembles: The Vampires and Zephyr Quartet meet each other for the first time in the intimate setting of Wizard Tone studios for a world first debut performance. Don't miss this opportunity to hear new music workshopped, as the two groups prepare for a larger collaboration.

The night will feature one set of Vampires/Zephyr Quartet, followed by a set by The Vampires featuring new music from their sixth album 'Pacifica' which they are touring nationally.

Tickets and more information here.

Facebook event here.

MARCH 27, 2019

Wizard Tone Studios

3 Butler Dr, Hendon, SA 5014

 

Presented by WOMADelaide

We are absolutely delighted to be invited to perform at everyone's favourite festival - WOMADelaide. In celebration of our 20th year we'll be sharing a selection of our original compositions and the stories behind them.

Tickets and more information here.

MARCH 9, 2019

Zoo Stage, Botanic Park

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

6pm

JANUARY 13, 2019

Adelaide French Festival

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Can melody make food taste better? Do harmonies alter flavour perception? Will music enhance the hedonic experience of tasting wine and cheese?

These are the questions that prompted Franco-Australian cheese expert and music lover Valerie Henbest (The Smelly Cheese Shop) to look into the impact of a full sensory experience through cheese, wine and music.

Together we explore the relationship between the five senses and fine food through a journey of French music, cheese and wine.

Presented by OzAsia Festival

New Music Collaboration / Work in Progress

Works in Progress is a rare opportunity to observe the early stage creative process and share your feedback with the artistic teams as well as hear about their vision for the work.

Two distinct music groups, Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet and Singapore’s SAtheCollective are both known for their contemporary approaches to classical traditions. Together the two groups will explore the links between both western and Chinese influences as part of a collaborative residency during OzAsia Festival. Over one week the two groups will work together, learn about each other’s unique styles and then present a shared collaborative performance for audiences to experience.

DURATION: 30 min + 25 min Q&A

Tickets and more information here.

NOVEMBER 4, 2018

Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre

North Tce, Adelaide

5pm

 

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Between Light returns with its critically acclaimed immersive promenade performance, visually and sonically exploring the chiaroscuro of art and life.

Commissioned by Zephyr Quartet, leading jazz artists Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Stephen Magnusson, Matt Keegan, and Lyndon Gray were invited to write compositions for string quartet that explore themes of light and dark.

Lighting designer Geoff Cobham returns for this special performance, creating unique spaces to house each composition resulting in a truly transcendent journey through light and sound.

Tickets and more information available here

Note: Please meet at the Space Theatre Foyer Bar five minutes prior to the performance.

NOVEMBER 22 - 24, 2018

Space Theatre

Festival Dr, Adelaide

Various times

 

 

Experience an exciting take on the 300-year-old tradition of the string quartet, handmade but decidedly modern (much like crafted gin!), as Musica Viva Sessions makes its Adelaide debut with award-winning string ensemble, Zephyr Quartet.

Grab a G&T on arrival, courtesy of Prohibition Liquor Co, before joining the musicians as they explore the current landscape of modern classical music - all in the surrounds of an urban gin distillery.

Mixing up a program of string works by contemporary master Philip Glass, indie polymath Jherek Bischoff, Australian composer Kate Moore and some of the players’ own works, Zephyr shares its distinct musical world.

Tickets and more info available here.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

Prohibition Liquor Co..

22 Gilbert St 

Adelaide

60 minute performance
Drinks from 6.30pm
Performance 7pm-8pm

 

 

Presented by Bachelor of Creative Arts Dance, Costume Design & Diploma of Live Production Students.

 

Zephyr Quartet works together with students from AC Arts, under the direction of Peter Sheedy, in a performance inspired by poetry and art.

 

Featuring Philip Glass' String Quartet no. 2 - 'Company' and music by the quartet

Ticket and more info here.

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2018

X Space Theatre

Adelaide College of the Arts
39 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000

7pm

SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton
7:30pm

Performance of new music - Featherstone Place by our 2018 Featured Emerging Artist Jesse Budel, premiere of Gin Multitonic by Stephan Richter, Kate Moore's evocative Broken Rosary and works by Zephyr Quartet.

Doors open at 7:15pm
Entry is $15 or $8 for COMA members

AUGUST 12, 2018

The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Gardens

Edinburgh

6:30pm
 

In celebration of his recent book Mercy on Me which follows the career of Australian artist Nick Cave, German graphic designer and cartoonist Reinhard Kleist joins Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet, Ukulele Death Squad and Carla Lippis in an evening of live music and live-drawing, performing some of Cave’s most famous songs.

Tickets and more information available here.

 

 

European Tour

JULY / AUGUST 2018

JULY 23 - 28, 2018

Black Box Theatre

Galway, Ireland

Galway International Arts Festival

Tickets and more information available here.

AUGUST 2 - 12, 2018 

Spiegel Tent, Assembly Gardens 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tickets and more information available here.

Australia’s towering literary genius Patrick White had a well-documented love for the theatre. His language is pure performance and we tap into its power in Brink’s richly theatrical adaptation. Actors, musicians and audience share the space in a circle of burnt earth beneath a canvas of Australian sky. The work shifts and swirls, drawing the audience into the immediacy of a strangely familiar world – the suburb of Barranugli – where the Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the scandalous Daise Morrow.

There is no sentimentality here. Brutally funny, profound in its understanding of human nature, and filled with magic and wonder, the brilliance of White’s writing is tender in its humour, unforgiving and wise, accompanied with haunting music from Zephyr Quartet.

Presented by Australian Dance Theatre

in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

Weaving together live music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance, The Beginning of Nature is a compelling and ritualistic work from world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre.

Portrayed by the nine incredible dancers of ADT, this extraordinary work includes live accompaniment by the acclaimed Zephyr Quartet and two vocalists singing in Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains.

At times fierce and explosive, at other times graceful and meditative, this stunning work will delight and inspire.

Tickets available here

JULY 11-14, 2018

Dunstan Playhouse

Festival Dr, Adelaide

8:30pm

 

 

 

MAY 2018

1 - 5 MAY, 2018

Canberra Theatre Centre

Tickets and more information available here.

9 - 12 MAY, 2018 

Woolongong Town Hall

Tickets and more information available here

APRIL 27, 2018

Featherstone Place
Adelaide (off Gawler Place) 

6pm FREE!

Join composer and sound artist Jesse Budel and Zephyr Quartet in the urban oasis of Featherstone Place. 

A launch of Jesse's new urban sound installation for the laneway (running April 20 - May 11), the Quartet will play a complementary new work to the installation alongside arrangements from our Cult Classics series. 

APRIL 13, 2018

Burra Regional Art Gallery

departing Adelaide  

9am to 5pm

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia

The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is heading to Burra in celebration of John R Walker's work in the 2018 Biennial which was created in Burra. 

 

Burra Regional Art Gallery is staging a special display of John R Walker's works and he will give an artist talk in the Gallery. Lunch is included and will be at La Pecora Nera (The Black Sheep) - a little piece of Italy transplanted to country SA. 

In the afternoon Zephyr Quartet will give a special concert featuring an all Australian program of works in Burra's Heritage Town Hall. A glass of bubbles will be served after the concert. 

Artist Talk: 11am
Concert: 2pm.
Full day including lunch and transportation from Adelaide 9am-5pm. 

Tickets and more information here.

APRIL 8, 2018

La Boheme

36 Grote Street, Adelaide (wheelchair accessible)

4pm and 7pm

The much anticipated release and performance of the music composed and performed by Zephyr Quartet which featured in the acclaimed theatre work by Brink Productions, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow. Includes readings from Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump, on which the play is based.

 

Tickets and more information available at here

MARCH 2018

 

Your favourite hits and misses arranged and performed by Zephyr Quartet. Featuring something old and something new, this specially crafted mix of tunes truly has something for everyone! A much anticipated return season following sell out shows in 2015 & 2013.

FEBRUARY 2018

Amsterdam

Weaving together live music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance, The Beginning of Nature is a compelling and ritualistic work from world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre.

Portrayed by the nine incredible dancers of ADT, this extraordinary work includes live accompaniment by the acclaimed Zephyr Quartet and two vocalists singing in Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains.

FEBRUARY 2018

London So Far Sounds

Berlin Secret Gig

Utrecht Klub

 

Sharing an eclectic mix of Australian music, featuring our own compositions and arrangements of some of our favourite contemporary music. A unique and intimate musical journey.

JANUARY 2018

Adelaide French Festival

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Exchange (working title) is a performance in development portraying the journey of French explorer Nicolas Baudin and his mission to exchange music and art as a tool of communication and peace. 

 

A selection of French and Australian pieces performed bookended a conversation between a panel  who discuss the cultural legacy of this significant voyage.

A concert of Australian music in response to the new display 'Re-thinking Australian Art' which was launched that night. 

SEPTEMBER 2017
Art Gallery of South Australia

 

 

Composer Erik Griswold, author Rodney Hall, artist Glen Henderson, koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura and Zephyr Quartet together in a special music-theatre presentation exploring the life of painter Ian Fairweather.

Narrated by Rodney Hall, Fairweather traces the artist’s experiences as a soldier in World War I, his travels through the Asia-Pacific and his final years in a dilapidated shack on Bribie Island.

A collage of music, text and image which mirror the intricate, textured layers of Fairweather’s paintings.

SEPTEMBER 2017
OzAsia Festival

 

 

GayBird Leung is a leading contemporary sound artist from Hong Kong. His stylised music explores futurist electronic performance using unique instruments with complex electronic systems.

In his Australian debut concert, GayBird partnered with Zephyr Quartet. Beginning as a solo futurist electronic performance, winding backwards through time. Together, they remixed different sounds from historic eras, panning all the way back to Hayden’s Opus 1 string quartets.

The avant-garde electronic sound maestro of Hong Kong and Adelaide’s genre-defying string quartet traversed time and space in this special concert.

OCTOBER 2017
OzAsia Festival

JUNE 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia

A contemporary take on classicism in a performance curated in response to Rodin’s explorations of the body.

 

Exclusive to the Art Gallery of South Australia Versus Rodin included the Gallery’s significant collection of bronze sculptures by Rodin, the largest collection in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

Through a series of duets and duels, Rodin’s work is brought into conversation with over 100 modern and contemporary works of art. See the full artist list.


JUNE 2017

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Zephyr joined three icons of Australia music - singer-songwriter, Lior; vocal quartet, The Idea of North; and renowned composer, Elena Kats-Chernin - for a concert celebrating their compassionate collaboration for the 16th instalment of Hush, original Australian music created for kids in hospitals.

After consulting with Australian children for lyrical guidance, they received responses filled with humour, wonder, excitement and surprising wisdom that spawned this inspirational suite. 

An intimate program of all Australian works including some of our own compositions inspired by poetry and landscape alongside classic contemporary tunes. 

APRIL 2017

 

Australia is very much a nation of 'boat people', past and present. Zephyr Quartet explores notions of migration to Australia by boat through music, and with it the trials, obstacles, struggles and successes.

 

Featuring a program of Australian works covering a range of historical perspectives, including compositions by Paul Stanhope, Kate Moore, Zephyr Quartet members – Hilary Kleinig, Emily Tulloch & Jason Thomas – as well as a new collaborative work with electronic artist Motez, all expressing the oceanic journey to Australia.

 

Arrivals celebrates the incredible courage and great hope that the people who have traveled to our country have shown and also the immense contribution that they have made to our nation.

NOVEMBER 2016

South Australia Maritime Museum

and Western Australian Maritime Museum

Presented by Zephyr Quartet, Supported by Tura New Music

A special program of new music and new arrangements by Ross McHenry for members of the COMA Large Jazz Ensemble, COMA New Music Ensemble and Zephyr Quartet.

NOVEMBER 2016

 

 

Part of Oz Asia's 2-day electronic and experimental music festival Sub Verse,  We shared the stage with our friends Sparkspitter, and artists from Beijing as well as our hometown.  

OCTOBER 2016

OzAsia Festival

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre with Nexus Arts 

 

 

Having recorded the CD of his work, released by US label Cold Blue Music in 2017, Zephyr presented a program of works by Adelaide-based composer Stephen Whittington. 

 

If you're not familiar with COMA, check them out at their website here and for their latest updates like their Facebook page here

OCTOBER 2016

Presented by COMA

 

 

Our second season of the critically acclaimed 2014 project.

 

Zephyr Quartet commissioned five Australian jazz artists to create new work for  Between Light, exploring notions of light and dark in their work, taking the Italian art term ‘chiaroscuro’ as a genesis.

 

First presented in 2014 at the historic Queen’s Theatre, Zephyr Quartet worked with esteemed lighting designer Geoff Cobham and his team, to create a series of unique performance spaces to house each of the five pieces. Geoff returned to create beautiful spaces within Waterside for this immersive promenade concert that visually and sonically explores the chiaroscuro of art and life.

CREATIVE TEAM

Performers: Zephyr Quartet

Composers: Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Stephen Magnusson, Matt Keegan & Lyndon Gray

Lighting: Geoff Cobham with Chris Petridis, Lachlan Turner & Alexander Ramsey

JUNE & JULY 2016

Waterside Workers Hall

Presented by Zephyr Quartet in association with Vitalststistix 

 

 

An acclaimed and unforgettable song cycle that meditates on the dying art of letter writing and very nature of correspondence.

 

Initially released as a studio album and performed live in 1993 by celebrity creators, Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet, The Juliet Letters sits fascinatingly between the pop and classical worlds. 

Performed by Michaela Burger, Cameron Goodall, Jude Henshall, Jamie Jewell & Zephyr Quartet

Compositions by Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet
Directed by David Mealor
Musical direction by Carol Young
Design by Kathryn Sproul
Lighting and AV design by Chris Petridis

 

 

JUNE 2016

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

 

 

MAY 2016

Live at COMA

Live strings, sampler wizardry, sensible drumming and very short songs.
 

zephyrROM is Zephyr Quartet together with voiceROM: Dylan Marshall, sampler and Jarrad Payne, drums. Check out voiceROM's awesome and immense back catalogue here.

 

The official launch of the album VoiceQuartet. You can purchase it through bandcamp.

 

 

A musical version of the Surrealist Game, Exquisite Corpse.

Musical fragments passed between composers across the world. A large-scale composition for amplified string quartet performed with live projected art created by Luku Kukuku and Jo Kerlogue. Surreal, quirky, extreme, vital and surprisingly beautiful.

 

 

MARCH 2016

Adelaide Festival

co-presented by Adelaide Festival Centre 

 

 

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominated composer Johann Johannsson (IS) goes back to his beginnings, presenting minimalist, drone and electronic compositions with Zephyr Quartet. 

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s varied and eclectic output includes commissioned works for Bang on A Can, Theatre of Voices and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, a collaboration with the New York-based experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison, and six solo albums through labels Touch and 4AD. Jóhannsson was awarded a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2015 for his score to The Theory of Everything. He recently composed the score for the film Sicario, in collaboration with Denis Villenueve earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score in 2016.

 

 

FEB & MARCH 2016

Unsound Festival, Adelaide

Perth Festival


 

 

 

The Beginning of Nature is a performance based upon the idea of rhythms in nature.  Humans – and all living forms – exist within a phenomenally complex symphony of overlapping rhythms that constitute the very fabric of nature and life itself.  These rhythms are manifested in day and night, the seasons, tidal patterns, migration, hibernation, sleep and waking, weather patterns, the binary of growth and decay and the various systems of the body.

Music composed by Brendan Woithe who has created the sound for many of ADT’s internationally renowned works,  collaborating with Zephyr Quartet.

The Beginning of Nature incorporate aspects of the Kaurna language.  In the creation of this work ADT consulted with Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien, respected Adelaide-based Indigenous artist and consultant, Lee-Ann Buckskin, and Jack Buckskin, a Kaurna language teacher and dancer, to develop the language component of this project. 

 

 

March 2016

Womadelaide

 

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