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Alongside progressive and innovative projects, the quartet continuously works on their classical programs, integrating elements of folklore and cultural traditions from each of their backgrounds. Presenting their own arrangements such as Vivladi's Winter Concerto and Skalkottas's Greek Dances in addition to original compositions from members the quartet with instruments incuding the Cavaquinho and the Bouzouki, the quartet takes its listeners on a journey starting with music from the Baroque era before going through the Balkans and South America and ending with a Sephardic song sung and played by the ensemble members.
In their program “Fusion,” the Cologne Guitar Quartet combines different musical styles, finding inspiration and fusing together the Cologne music scene with the traditions and cultural backgrounds of each of the quartet members. This program includes original compositions and arrangements for guitar, Brazilian cavaquinho, Portuguese guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Greek Bouzouki, electronic effects and voices to create a unique sound experience.
The new SoundLinks Festival created by the Cologne Guitar Quartet in 2022 is an international crossover chamber music festival, combining various musical genres with one another and representing cultural diversity. The profile and the unifying elements of the festival is the guitar in different implementations, instrumentation and in new unusual ensemble formations. Next edition coming in 2024.
The "diGIT” project features new compositions commissioned by the ensemble for classical guitars, electric guitars and electronics and is an anchor for expending and experimenting with the formation of a guitar quartet and additional instruments. The instrumentation, sound possibilities and new artistic collaborations are the foundations of this pioneer project. Among the commissioned composers are Yair Klartag (ISR), Nicolas Berge (DE), Dariya Maminova (RUS), Jonah Haven (USA) and Francisco C. Goldschmidt (CH).