_Sound Quartet is expanding the field of chamber music with electroacoustic research, composition and performance. Thomas Bjelkeborn (SE) and Philippe Moenne-Loccoz (FR) are the founders of Sound Quartet with the first initiative in 1992 out of experimental research at EMS Stockholm and MIA Annecy. The ensemble is based in Sweden since 2007 with Thomas Bjelkeborn as artistic leader and Philippe Moenne-Loccoz as senior adviser. Both often participating in activities as composers and musicians. Thomas Bjelkeborn is involved in research and artistic work to further develop the music of Sound Quartet at Sound and Physical Interaction research group Alto University Helsinki with Koray Tahiroglu (FI).
_The following musicians are involved in the multitude of Sound Quartet 2017/2018 concert productions: Hara Alonso (ES), Emilie Girard-Charest (C), Viv Corringham (US), Emma Lloyd (UK), Alexandra Nilsson (SE), Paul Pignon (SE), Koray Tahiroglu (FI) and Nadia Ratsimandrecy (FR).
_Coming concert productions 2017 in Sweden:
• Thomas Bjelkeborn is curator for Fridays PUSH concert series at Fylkingen Stockholm with Sound Quartet as resident ensemble.
8th september presenting Hara Alonso grand piano, including Thomas Bjelkeborn realtime EAM and Paul Pignon woodwinds.
27th october presenting Emma Lloyd Violin, including Hara Alonso grand piano and Thomas Bjelkeborn realtime EAM.
24th november presenting Emilie Girard-Charest Cello, including Hara Alonso grand piano, Thomas Bjelkeborn realtime EAM and Philippe Moenne-Loccoz realtime EAM.
Above artistic project is supported by Stockholm Stad.
• Sound and Physical Interaction research group Alto University Helsinki, artistic pre-studies by Thomas Bjelkeborn (SE) and Koray Tahiroglu (FI) focused on development of realtime synthesis instruments including musically subordinate realtime visuals. With support from Kulturkontakt Norden.
_ A selection of composers and musicians that have collaborated with Sound Quartet for work on new music and in concerts: Blanca Regina (ES), Andrew Woodhead (UK), Jess Aslan (UK), Lisa Ullén (SE), Josep Lluise Galiana (ES), Johan Sundberg (SE), Edith Alonso (ES), Julian Bonequi (MX), Nina de Heney (SE) and Anthony Maubert (FR). The following have appeared as visual artists: Raquel Meyers (ES), Viktor Zeidner (SE), Blanca Regina (ES) and Michael Larsson (SE).
Hara Alonso is a pianist and composer now resident in Stockholm. Coming from a classical background she is currently working in the integration of new technologies in music though composition, performance and multimedia. She is active as soloist and as member of different ensembles all around Europe.
Thomas Bjelkeborn is a sound artist, electronic musician and electroacoustic composer living in Sweden. He is also a curator at Fylkingen Stockholm and for the PUSH festival Gävle. He has performed compositions at electroacoustic and soundart festivals on all continents since 1988.
Emilie Girard-Charest (C) to be updated
Emma Lloyd (UK) to be updated
Philippe Moenne-Loccoz (FR) to be updated
Paul Pignon has been playing and composing music of almost every kind for nearly 60 years, he has a physics degree and is a pioneer in EAM. His first foray into non-idiomatic improvisation was in Oxford 1962. He has lived about equally in the UK, Yugoslavia and Sweden.
Koray Tahiroglu (Fi) to be updated
Picture of SQ at Audio Art Festival 2014. In the past Sound Quartet sometimes toured as a trio with a duo setting on stage extended with visuals.