As part of a CAC residency at Stanford, Kukuruz Quartet — 4 pianists on 4 upright or 4 grand pianos — will present a concert in Dinkelspiel Auditorium featuring electroacoustic work by Clara Allison, Seán ó Dálaigh, Hassan Estakhrian, Julie Herndon, Manuel Pessoa de Lima, and Marcel Zaes. During the quartet's residency, this program will also be recorded for a release by Innova Records in partnership with the American Composers Forum Bay Area Pilot.
Based in Switzerland, the quartet is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, all trained in disparate musical fields: Simone Keller is a versatile pianist in contemporary and classical music, Philip Bartels is an experimental theater stage director, Duri Collenberg studied composition in Amsterdam, and Lukas Rickli has broad experience in improvisation. They are equally at home on theater stages, concert halls, clubs, bars, office buildings, and studios.
The ensemble was founded in 2014 in a corn field — Kukuruz means "corn" in several languages. These four pianists were first seen and heard making their contribution to a production by musician and theatre director Ruedi Häusermann at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. From the outset, the group has been engaged with classical music, jazz, and improvisation.
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