The Solem Quartet and Ayanna Witter-Johnson

The Solem Quartet and Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Bartók Selection of duos for two violins
Bartók Quartet No. 3
Beethoven Quartet in B flat major, Op. 133, Grosse Fugue
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Island Suite
Amy Tress violin
William Newell violin
Stephen Upshaw viola
Stephanie Tress cello
Ayanna Witter-Johnson cello and voice

The celebrated songwriter, composer, pianist and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson joins the acclaimed Solem Quartet for this thought-provoking, high-energy, and cathartic presentation of music and readings, all of which combine to inform the present.

Laced together via the words of the archetypal experimenters, Bartók and Beethoven, in which they describe the thinking behind their respective ground-breaking masterpieces, the Solem Quartet perform Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue and Bartók’s Third Quartet before being joined by Ayanna Witter-Johnson to perform her specially composed Island Suite. Ayanna’s piece is a musical and narrative journey which takes inspiration from Jamaican folk songs to create a work that defies genre and tells the story of her ancestry.

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About Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Singer, songwriter, and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative R&B music cannot successfully coexist. A performer of extraordinary versatility, her live shows are intimate journeys that chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.

About the Solem Quartet

The Solem Quartet has been ‘Ensemble-in-Residence’ at the University of Liverpool since September 2016. They have performed a number of outstanding Lunchtime Concerts and contributed to teaching and learning through performance and composition, turning their talents to classical, pop, acousmatic and gaming musics.