Garth Knox is at the forefront of the new music scene in many fields. Drawing on his vast experience as viola player of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble intercontemporain and his close collaboration with most of the leading composers of today, he has become a unique performer of music of many different styles, ranging from minimalist understatement to the cutting edge of new techniques and new technologies.
More recently thanks to his interest in the viola d’amore and the medieval fiddle, his repertoire has opened up to the music of the past (medieval, baroque) which he persuasively brings into the present, and his irish/scottish roots enable him to dialogue with traditional celtic music without complexes. He has always felt at home as an improviser, and now more and more so as a composer also, deploying his musical ideas as innovative instrumental theatre.
A great success at the Festival of Avignon this summer was Benjamin Dupé's show based on texts by Pascal Quignard "Les oreilles n'ont pas de paupières" featuring Pierre Baux (actor) and Garth Knox (viola). You can see some exerpts from the show here (you have to click on the arrow to the right of the metronomes, then start the video
"Saltarello" is the title of Garth Knox's latest CD with ECM. Playing viola, viola d'amore and medieval fiddle, he is accompanied by Agnès Vesterman, cello, and Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion, in a wide-ranging repertoire, reaching from Hildegard von Bingen to Kaija Saariaho, and including Dowland, Purcell, Vivaldi and Knox himself, as well as some Irish traditional music. More info : ECM Records
In reply to an invitation from the innovative net-label Shsk’h, Garth Knox recorded this collection of improvisations on solo viola d’amore in New York in November 2009.
Tracks range from «Oriental Blues», improvisations with ampliﬁed sympathetic strings, african-inspired running pizzicato, and a track acompanied by the motor noises of a living sculpture.
Garth Knox’s first online CD is now available for listening and downloading. SKSK'H