Where lifestyle, landscape and music intersect: introducing a brand-new ASQ experience.
The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) is launching its digital streaming platform ASQ Live + On Demand, and kicks off its online content delivery with a series of weekly live-streamed webisodes, titled ASQ Live at UKARIA on 2 August.
More than just a live-streamed concert, the ASQ Live at UKARIA series mixes lifestyle programming and live-performance with splash of sports broadcast excitement. Ever wondered what really happens in the wings before the performance? Here’s your backstage pass.
Hosted by the charismatic Johanna Allen and featuring a raft of world-class South Australian guest artisans including luthiers, street-artists, chefs and entrepreneurs as well as acclaimed pianist Konstantin Shamray, the ASQ’s first major foray into the world of live streamed and on-demand content will promote an exquisite South Australian life-style experience to a world-wide audience.
“I am truly delighted to be hosting ASQ Live at UKARIA. My task is to share the human side of this experience. I'm interested in getting to know Dale, Francesca, Steve and Sharon away from the music, as much as their persona within the quartet. This project gives us all a chance to explore art from a human perspective. We get a joyous marriage - music from one of Australia's most renowned classical acts, intertwined with who they are as people.” Series host Johanna Allen.
Filmed at the iconic UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, the webisodes not only provide a world-class live musical experience, they pair artistic exploration with the South Australian landscape – providing a stunning accompaniment to the performance programs. The artistry extending beyond the stage, the ASQ has engaged multi award-winning Cinematographer Maxx Corkindale as the series’ Director of Photography, allowing the viewer unprecedented visual access to the performances, ensuring the streams will look as good as they sound.
“What’s more delicious than a mixture art, lifestyle and the natural world, wrapped within a program of stunning music? We can’t wait to start performing again!” Dale Barltrop, Australian String Quartet Violin.
How to watch
Viewers can subscribe to the ASQ Live + On Demand platform for just $40 via www.asq.com.au. Subscription includes access to the ASQ Live at UKARIA webseries with the ability re-watch past streams until the end of October 2020. Existing ASQ+ Subscribers will get access to the platform free of charge.
The musical program
Webisodes will be approx 45 minutes and live-streamed / premiered at 3pm ACST (3:30pm AEST)
Sunday 2 August | Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor op 80 (live-stream)
Sunday 9 August | Paul Stanhope String Quartet No. 3 (live-stream)
Sunday 16 August | Dvo?ák Piano Quintet with Konstantin Shamray (live-stream)
Sunday 23 August | Ross Edwards String Quartet No. 4 *World Premiere* (live-stream)
Sunday 30 August | Mozart String Quartet in C minor Dissonance (delayed-stream)
Sunday 6 September | Matthew Hindson String Quartet No. 3 Ngeringa (live-stream)
Sunday 13 September | Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 (live-stream)
Sunday 20 September | Joe Chindamo String Quartet No. 1 (delayed-stream)
More information at: www.asq.com.au/on-demand
Samuel Jozeps, ASQ Marketing & Communications Manager
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BIOGRAPHY – AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET
For 35 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, the Quartet’s purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.
From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. The Quartet’s distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the ASQ’s exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.
BIOGRAPHY – JOHANNA ALLEN
Johanna Allen graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical voice (hons) and B.A Drama: Performance & Direction. 2019/20 she was appearing as Grandma Georgina/ Mrs Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory across Australia. Prior to that, she won a Green Room Award for her performance as Charlotte in A Little Night Music Melbourne. Recent credits: Mother Abbess The Sound of Music, Cake Adelaide Cabaret Festival Euromash Melbourne Recital Centre, Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder Production Company. The Threepenny Opera Sydney Theatre Company Into the Woods as Baker’s Wife GFO, Wicked Original Australian cast, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance & Pitti Sing The Mikado Opera Australia.
She is a former principle artist for Opera Australia & Young Artist of State Opera of S.A. As writer & performer, her musical play The Songs that Got Away has had sell out seasons across Australia and International Festivals. She is as an ABC radio presenter/producer and a proud 2018 Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame recipient
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Australian String Quartet
For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, its purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.
From their home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reach out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Their distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the Quartet's exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza.
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin.
Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’.
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