Quiet Music Ensemble will perform two prime-time slots in Deep Minimalism, a festival of “music that takes its time”. Quiet Music Ensemble will give the UK premiere of Pauline Oliveros’ The Mystery Beyond Matter and perform Jennifer Walshe’s Dordán. Both these works were commissioned by Quiet Music Ensemble. The festival is hosted by the South Bank Centre, London, and curated by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Oliver Coates.
Quiet Music Ensemble was founded in 2008. The word ‘quiet’ in its name is intended to conjure both the sense of hushed and of peaceful; its music is a restrained meditation on sound itself. The group consists of musicians from various musical roots, and draws its repertoire from diverse artistic sources, including composers of music, sound artists and visual artists. Free and guided improvisation is a central aspect of QME’s practice, as is interaction with pre-recorded and live electronics. It performs in unconventional spaces and contexts, and specialises in extended performances. QME has performed in Ireland, UK, Germany and Poland and released its first CD in March 2015.