for electric guitar and string quartet
Commissioned by guitarist Heiko Ossig. Recorded in a workshop by Heiko Ossig and the Ligeti String Quartet in July 2018.
Description: Written for the guitarist Heiko Ossig, Electric Quintet explores the technical and sonic synthesis of an amplified electric guitar and a string quartet. Initially contrasting fiery electric guitar techniques against intricate string lines, the material is developed through a series of variations that range from fugal forms to rocky guitar solos, from an all-harmonics articulation to pure glissandi. Over the course of these variations, the instrumental contrast diminishes until, in the final section, the guitar and strings join together to become the titular electric quintet.
Chris is also a performing electric guitarist who plays in several bands.