Quartet Kalos

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


photo by adam detour

photo by adam detour

Live performance at the Naturhuset in Sikhall, Sweden on July 26, 2014 Music by Maria Finkelmeier Poem by Kathleen Kraft 

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. 

They will join together once again to marry their Swedish and American roots to compose and arrange new works for the ensemble. This year, they'll be implementing electronics into their work as well as workshop commissions by Beau Kenyon (USA), Seth Bedford (USA) and Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson (Iceland/Norway). They'll be in residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute from October 23 - 28, with a performance in Boston to conclude the intensive. This project is supported by the Live Arts Grant from The Boston Foundation