Time Out picks Smith Quartet and Joby Burgess as classical gig of the week

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Renowned contemporary classical artists the Smith Quartet - which includes Trinity Laban Head of Strings, Nic Pendlebury (far left) - will join forces with "...the insanely talented British percussionist..." Joby Burgess in a special collaboration at St John's Smith Square on 10 July - which has been picked as classical act of the week by Time Out and Sinfini Music.

The performance includes one of Steve Martland's final compositions, Starry Night, for string quartet and marimba, which takes its title from Van Gogh's painting of the same name. The programme also includes Steve Reich's Different Trains for string quartet and tape and Iannis Xenakis' masterpiece of solo drumming Psappha, and concludes with a new commission - Distil - from Graham Fitkin, a longtime collaborator with both the Smith Quartet and Burgess.

Joby Burgess said: "Our shared passions for minimalism, electronics, commissioning and a taste for new musical adventures are perfect for this collaboration. Graham Fitkin's new work Distil  is a super tight system, full of softly shifting grooves and colours - contrasting perfectly with Steve Martland's recent Starry Night where a wild, hedonistic dance is played out under a dark African sky."

Graham Fitkin said: "I have been lucky enough to work with both the Smith Quartet and Joby Burgess in the past. But never together. I have always wanted to write for these forces so it seemed a perfect fit, a way to develop our work together further and enormously exciting!"





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