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The Messer Quartet is the first ever and only electric string quartet in Denmark. The Messer Quartet utilizes the fantastic opportunities of amplification to play the works of composers such as Michael Daugherty and George Crumb. We also work with young composers who want to go beyond the conventional string quartet and explore a new sound which is tuned to the world we live in today. It is our ambition to reach a wide audience with the ambition to hear the future sound of music.

We play on handmade electric instruments built by John Jordan - one of the leading electric instrument builders in the world. The StringAmp pickup system was developed by Michael Edinger. The instruments are expanding the ability to manipulate the sound in infinite ways - and we have only just begun.

Our repertoire spans the arch from Led Zeppelin, Aphex Twin to Arvo Pärt - from bubbly humor and television series like SOAP to the Vietnam war and George Crumb - and transgresses all genres. The acoustic and electric, the banal and the brutal, tonal beauty and rawness fuse into a music that dances on the knive’s edge and goes straight for the heart.

Live Dates

10/07/2015   American Record Guide

Christensen: Busy Bees & Birds
"Mogens Christensen’s record of works for recorders, accordion, and guitar is very aptly titled “Busy Bees and Birds”. The music is light and quick, with passages of longer held tones and passages of pointillistic textures. With no real bass instrument, the upper register is privileged. The music isn’t aggressively dissonant, but isn’t resolutely tonal either. Melodies meander through different keys or modes, seldom settling down. There is clear allusion to folk or traditional tunes in both specific themes and in a general style or attitude. These short pieces are interesting to listen to for a bit, but sound monotonous when stretched over the course of 80 minutes. Birds of a Winter Night (1996–2014), for bass recorder and electronics, is a slight change; but the bass recorder has a feeble low end, and the electronics are in the background."
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01/06/2015   Gramophone

Mogens Christensen: Busy Bees and Birds
"From the current crop of composers Mogens Christensen is among the most significant."
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Busy Bees and Birds
Busy Bees and Birds
Mogens Christensen

CD 8.226543 (2014)

Recorder works from the past 20 years, inspired by birdsong, buzzing beehives and the night sounds of nature

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