The Makrokosmos Quartet is a Swiss quartet based in Geneva, Switzerland. The group takes its name from the eponymous music of George Crumb, itself conjuring up the magical possibilities of such an instrumental line-up. Alongside the great classic masterworks of the genre - the Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion by Béla Bartók; Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky and Music for a Summer Evening - Makrokosmos III by George Crumb, the Makrokosmos Quartet continues to forge its own new identity working hand-in-hand with composers in exploring the instrumental format of 2 pianos + 2 percussions to create a new voice and a new music for the 21st century. From its inception, Makrokosmos has commissioned and performed many works by the world’s leading composers such as Luciano Berio, Ivan Fedele, Stefano Gervasoni, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich & Wolfgang Rihm.
Furthermore, the quartet has also widened its repertoire by commissioning other composers like the Swiss Nik Bärtsch to reach even wider audiences. Among their collaborations we can find different orchestras, choirs and ensembles such us Ensemble Contrechamps, the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève or recently the Spanish dancer Andrés Marín.
Makrokosmos has played at many of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Festival Archipel Genéve, Witten Tage für Neue Musik, Hong Kong MUSE, Suntory Hall Contemporary Festival-Tokyo, Saint Petersburg Contemporary music Festival, Philharmonie Berlin or Festival Istanbul.
The quartet has been broadcast on radio worldwide and has several highly acclaimed CDs including 'Magical worlds of Sound' (Crumb, Gervasoni Haas) & 'Round Midnight' inspired by Thelonius Monk (Schneller, Gregorio, Ferrero & Stefan Wirth ).
„MAKROKOSMOS: ROFU, MANTA MANTRA“ is the 24th publication of the label Ronin Rhythm Records, a platform for new creative music between New Minimal, Funk and Ritual Groove Music.
released February 4, 2020
Bahar Dorduncu: piano
Sébastien Cordier: percussion
Ufuk Dorduncu: piano
Philippe Spiesser: percussion
All music composed by Nik Bärtsch.
ROFU commissioned by Makrokosmos Quartet 2012, MANTA MANTRA commissioned by Ensemble New4Art 2014.
Album produced by Nik Bärtsch.
Recorded January 2019 by Andreas Brüll at Studio Ernest-Ansermet, Genève.
Mixed and mastered by Andreas Brüll and Nik Bärtsch.
Album cover by Gion Capeder, from the graphic novel “Superman”, published by Edition Moderne 2017 gioncapeder.ch
Artwork by Hans Grüninger WBG.
Works published by Ronin Rhythm Productions & Neonstars Publishing.
Recording supported by LA VILLE DE GENEVE & BERGERAULT percussion.