Quartet Kalos

Sanna Andersson, cello; Maria Finkelmeier, percussion; Anna K. Larson, voice; Angela Shankar, clarinet 


 photo by  adam detour

photo by adam detour

Definition of Kalos:
“The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.”


In 2014 Quartet Kalos officially came into fruition, but their history is deeper than meets the eye. Two members grew up together in a small town in Sweden, two grew up in the Midwest, two met near the Arctic Circle and three serenaded a crowd at a house concert in Paris. All four have created unique and successful careers in the arts.
 
Maria Finkelmeier (percussion), Anna K. Larson (voice), Angela Shankar (clarinet), and Sanna Andersson (cello) created the “Double It” tour in 2014 as their first project, combining their established duos “Clone Duo” and “En Vokalist och En Cellist”. The project consisted of four concerts at unlikely venues celebrating music, food, community, and sustainable living, and a presentation at the innovative community music school n3.
 
The quartet aims to bring a fresh voice to traditional folk songs, while self-composing and commissioning new works that highlight the innovative nature of this unique combination. In addition to their original take on folk tunes, the members of the ensemble have written original music highlighting the versatility and musicality of the group. In August 2015, Quartet Kalos presented 'Kalos Inscriptions', a retelling of traditional folk songs through new arrangements and unique instrumentation for audiences in Boston and New York. 

With thanks to The Boston Foundation for a Live Arts Grant, in 2017 they workshopped commissions by Beau Kenyon (USA), Seth Bedford (USA) and Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson (Iceland/Norway) while in residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.  

And thanks to the generous support of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, they will reunite with Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson in Iceland for a series of concerts in Reykjavík this coming October!