The icarus Quartet perform Big Things by Michael Laurello

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Watch a behind-the-scenes studio film from the half piano/half percussion ensemble

Today’s film comes from the icarus Quartet, who invite you inside the studio to see the creation of their title track, released as a single, from their new debut album 'Big Things'.

‘The original version of Big Things was one of the first pieces I composed using a process of recording and improvisation, rather than traditional notation,’ writes its composer Michael Laurello.

‘I started with a rhythmic pattern outlined by an electric guitar (played by marimba in this new version for icarus Quartet), and then improvised other instruments over the top. I recorded most of the instruments myself, section by section, editing each part in my recording software as I went. With this method, I felt free to experiment without worrying about what it might look like on the page.’

This updated version of the piece is arranged for two percussionists and two pianists.

The full album available on Furious Artisans Records - and you can listen below via Apple Music. 

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