Octandre//Roots projects focus on masterpieces of modernist chamber repertoire. They may seek to draw the lines of influence attached to the central work; they may seek to reexamine repertoire in the light of contemporary music; they may invite composers’ responses to the past.
Roots projects often elucidate their message with associated Insights events, such as pre-concert talks and interviews, video and written blogs, illustrated programme notes and by other means. Recently, the ensemble collaborated with Dr. Chris Dromey (U. of Middlesex), author of The Pierrot Ensembles, in an illustrated talk prior to their performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Repertoire presented in Octandre//Roots projects has included:
Scelsi: Pranam II
Webern: Concerto for 9 instruments
Stravinsky: L’histoire du Soldat
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, viola and harp