Reviews

… every variety of conventional and extended technique is put to exceptional use.

Ken Waxman, Jazz Word, June 6, 2020

About album Ana Sokolović: Short Stories (CD)

Sokolović proves to be a composer of very intense and dynamic music with influences of (Balkan) folk music and theatre. In the hands of Quatuor Bozzini her compositions come in a very inspired and concentrated performance.

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1227, March 30, 2020

About album Ana Sokolović: Short Stories (CD)

[…] all performed with typical brio and sensitivity by the Bozzinis.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, March 3, 2020

About album Ana Sokolović: Short Stories (CD)

Lori Freedman shows she can do it all, expanding the vocabulary of the clarinet family, with a controlled technique that leaves the listener breathless.

Steven Loewy, The New York City Jazz Record, March 1, 2020

About album Excess (CD)

[…] both [pieces] afford the same luxurious, cavernous, ultra-resonant immersion into Niblock’s unique sound world, one of the deepest around. As always, beautifully interpreted by the outstanding Bozzini Quartet.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, February 6, 2020

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

… highlights of 2019 that embody the breadth and caliber of contemporary Western art music…

Michael Schell, Sequenza 21, December 31, 2019

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

Truly mind-expanding music.

Daryl Jamieson, Aesthetics for Birds, December 23, 2019

About album Just So (CD)

Jürg Frey’s ethereal Third String Quartet

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, December 14, 2019

About album String Quartet No. 3; Unhörbare Zeit (CD)

… des accords qui passent de façon un peu solennelle, quelques appuis de percussions — et la voix, placée, […] qui se pose par dessus, en une temporalité qui pourrait tendre vers l’infini, possiblement.

Kasper Toeplitz, Revue & Corrigée, December 1, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

Very impressive, super-solidly played by the Bozzini plus one — a heady outing.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, September 19, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD)

Cette fresque auditive de haute voltige nous chavire aux quatre coins de notre corps, jouant avec notre confort, tiraillant nos méninges. Musique d’art est une escapade sonore intransigeante, défiant son public à plonger au plus profond de lui-même.

William Paulhus, Mes enceintes font défaut, June 3, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD)

The entire Just So disc gets its life from the bows of the amazing Quatuor Bozzini. This ensemble performs the most austere music with maximum affect, but somehow never disrupts such music’s formality and poise.

Marek Poliks, Tempo, June 1, 2019

About album Just So (CD)

Bozzini+ delivers masterful playing and a diverse sense of beauty.

Nomi Epstein, Tempo, June 1, 2019

About album Bozzini+ (2 × CD)

The Canadian ensemble Quatuor Bozzini are really something special. […] And they do all of this with great aplomb and, even more impressively, refinement.

Nick Ostrum, Free Jazz, May 15, 2019

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

Playing with timbre and pitch the music deeply resonates, and is very expressive and emotional in its own way. In a great performance by Quator Bozzini and Maranda!

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1183, May 13, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD)

On floating layer cake Norwegian percussionist/composer Ingar Zach takes two of his compositions and reimagines them through creative reorchestration.

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, May 6, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

In all its virtuosity there is also pure rawness in her performance that is loaden with her emotional energy.

Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 1181, April 29, 2019

About album Excess (CD)

Strongly recommended.

Paul Van de gehuchte, Dark Entries, April 22, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

The creeping tension of the work lends a sense of movement so directionless and gradual, it feels like the piece is moving backward at times, forcing the listener into themselves, somewhere between a state of trance and hypersensitivity, and when Caroline Bergvall begins to recite a text about departure and in a familiar second person, it lands like a sermon for all your former selves.

Tom Beedham, Exclaim!, April 9, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

… this virtuoso set shows it to be something worth meeting.

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, April 1, 2019

About album Excess (CD)

A kind of stable mystery, Musique d’art can only grow in significance.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:7, April 1, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD)

The Lost Ones was originally written for percussion and voice. But after working with poet/vocalist Caroline Bergvall, guitarist Kim Myhr and the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet on Myhr’s pressing clouds passing crowds, Zach saw the potential for something on a larger scale. The Canadian string quartet figures prominently in the piece. Myhr’s guitar plays off the strings beautifully, adding a gently decorative touch.

Kevin Press, The Moderns, March 28, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

On Excess, distinguished Montréal-based clarinetist Lori Freedman presses the boundaries of contemporary musical discourse, challenging the clarinet’s, the individual composer’s and her own expressive depths.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, March 27, 2019

About album Excess (CD)

Low frequency tones fall in the hollows and as slow booming percussion takes steps an alert violin leads to a tiny gaggle of chimes. Drone and drama as the strings twitch quickly, instantly.

TJ Norris, Toneshift, March 26, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

Miller’s string quartet About Bach won the 2016 Jules Léger Prize, Canada’s highest honour for new chamber music, giving it serious momentum. It’s the centrepiece of Bozzini Quartet’s 2018 release Just So, an album devoted to Miller’s music.

Robert Rowat, CBC Music, March 14, 2019

About album Just So (CD)

Recommended for late night listening.

Baze Djunkiii, nitestylez.de, March 6, 2019

About album floating layer cake (CD)

The Bozzinis excel at this kind of intricate, infinite music…

Simon Cummings, 5:4, March 5, 2019

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

This recording […] testifies to their willingness to take on challenges to find new musical ground.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:6, March 1, 2019

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

La multiplication des pistes […] permet aux quatre musiciens du quatuor de renforcer l’effet drone de la pièce.

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

About album Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

L’écoute se révèle fascinante…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD)

Just So permet de plonger l’auditeur dans une musique relativement déroutante…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 119, March 1, 2019

About album Just So (CD)

Martin set out to create a fecund dialectic of sound and music with the piece, and in that he has succeeded. (cqb_1922). […] Both pieces are quintessential Niblock — thickly textured swarms of drones made up of microtones and moving timbres. Sustaining the requisite long tones undoubtedly is a challenge to the players’ physical stamina, but the sounds never falter. (cqb_1924)

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, February 28, 2019

About album Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD) And Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD)

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