PROM 16: August 1
A band who live by their wits and produce something different each night’ fRoots *****
Boundary bending iyatra Quartet create original and virtuosic music; fusing their classical roots with innovation, intense energy and groove; exploring the capabilities of their instruments with a heady mix of world sounds and extended techniques.
Their debut album (This World Alone) was praised by violinist Nigel Kennedy as ‘beautiful … full of space and truth’. In 2019, iyatra Quartet were recipients of the inaugural Kennedy-Kolodziejski Award.
‘iyatra’ derives from the Hindi word for travel or pilgrimage and the group embraces this sense of journey in their music. At times drawing inspiration from Carnatic music and plainchant, with Cuban rhythms, English folk and Arabic music all thrown in to the mix, there is a surprise around every corner.
'Exquisite polyphony … a journey worth joining' Songlines Magazine ****
iyatra Quartet is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund Award.