For my 19th birthday my dear friend and amazing jazz-violinist Jeffrey Bruinsma gave me a CD that changed my life. A few years before that, we had listened to the beautiful album ‘The Juliet Letters’ by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet and I loved the sound of the quartet and the freedom in music making of the quartet members. So Jeffrey figured I would like the CD called ‘Lament’ as well. He was wrong. I loved it. It swept me off my feet. The big sound of the quartet, yet fragile and expressive was breathtaking.
There was one piece that I particularly liked: ‘Five Pieces’ by Pawel Szymanski. The first movement starts with a rhythmical feature and ends up in drunken glissandi for the whole quartet. It sounds as if you would play a chord on a synthesizer and then use the ‘pitch’ button to glide to other notes. How could four human beings create that crazy sound and so together?!
This wonderful piece made me want to become a string quartet player. Without this CD and Szymanski’s piece, I’m not sure which way my musical life would have turned out. That’s why I’m even more proud that Pawel decided to write us a piece for our #90seconds. Thank you, Pawel, for your inspiration and your beautiful music.