Quercus: Beyond Borders
NonZeroSum is a new piece by Frank Lyons for eight musicians drawn from the Quercus and Acoustronic ensembles, exploring innovative ways to combine acoustic and electronic instruments played by disabled and non-disabled performers, with thanks to the PRS Foundation and all involved with Beyond Borders.
Frank Lyons is Professor of Music at Ulster University. He has developed an international profile as a composer and researcher with over 150 performances and exhibitions of his works having been given in China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, the US, Europe, the UK and Ireland and broadcast on BBC, RTE, NPR and ABCFM by artists such as the Ulster Orchestra, Ensemble Noszferatu, The Smith Quartet, Fidelio Trio, Hu/Slotkin Duo, Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea, Paul Roe, Carlos Bonell, Mark Chambers, Simon Jermyn and Alan Banks.
Quercus Ensemble is a dynamic and innovative chamber ensemble based in Northern Ireland. The ensemble’s string core, the Benyounes Quartet, is gaining a reputation as one of the most engaging, and vibrant young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Prize winners at the 2012 International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition, the quartet have given notable performances at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Purcell Room, Verbier, West Cork and Aldeburgh Festivals. The quartet have engaged in collaborative projects with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and jazz quartet Empirical.
Acoustronic is a recently-formed inclusive ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians based in Derry, Northern Ireland who use cutting edge-technologies in performances of improvised and notated music which crosses genre boundaries.