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Welcome | The Pythagoras Ensemble

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Welcome to the Pythagoras Ensemble website.  We are a London based chamber music group.   Specialists in period performance, classical, jazz, contemporary, and everything in between come together to make a triangle out of two circles!

 
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Formed in 2011, the Pythagoras Ensemble programmes concerts that combine multiple genres.  The musicians of the ensemble have extensive expertise in styles as diversified as early music from Latin America, jazz, 21st century composition, and the renaissance. 

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Formed in 2011, the Pythagoras Ensemble programmes concerts that combine multiple genres.  The musicians of the ensemble have extensive expertise in styles as diversified as early music from Latin America, jazz, 21st century composition, and the renaissance. 

ABOUT | The Pythagoras Ensemble

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Who We Are


The Pythagoras Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is already developing a reputation for diverse and innovative programming in performances throughout the UK and Europe.  Our musicians perform all over the world as soloists, chamber musicians and with some of London’s leading orchestras.

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Who We Are


The Pythagoras Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is already developing a reputation for diverse and innovative programming in performances throughout the UK and Europe.  Our musicians perform all over the world as soloists, chamber musicians and with some of London’s leading orchestras.

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WHO WE ARE

The Pythagoras Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is already developing a reputation for diverse and innovative programming in performances throughout the UK and Europe. Our intention is to explore the extremes of a diversified concert experience where the lines between genre-classification become blurred.

The Ensemble is a collective of musicians who each bring extensive experience in musical styles from Early Music to Jazz, Latin American, Contemporary, Classical, and Rock.

Our musicians perform all over the world as soloists, chamber musicians and with some of London’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia. They work regularly with successful Chamber Music and Early Music ensembles, in Jazz Clubs and in the recording studio.

The Pythagoras Ensemble varies in size according to the instrumental demands of the repertoire. This allows for flexibility of programming for large or small-scale works.

Our aim is to challenge the senses and to inspire our audiences to think outside the box, redefining expectations of the traditional Classical concert.    

Our inaugural series entitled TangoFugue was a critical success and was a feature of the chamber music series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.  TangoFugue fused the music of Astor Piazzolla with fugues written by JS Bach and his admirers Mozart and Mendelssohn.  The programme, spanning over three centuries, took the music of Bach and Piazzolla into realms that concert audiences had never seen before.  Our programming challenges the senses and inspires our audiences to think!

 

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Our Mission


Our mission is to engage audiences with multi-genre programming that looks at music from a different perspective. 

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Our Mission


Our mission is to engage audiences with multi-genre programming that looks at music from a different perspective. 

Our Mission | Upcycled Music

Upcycled Music?  Upcycling materials is rapidly gaining momentum in popular culture as a means of re-purposing materials and goods in order to give them a new life.  This is exactly the idea behind our programming aims and methods at the Pythagoras Ensemble.  We are taking the old, the new, the borrowed, and the blues and giving them the new life they deserve.  Our mission is to engage audiences with multi-genre programming that looks at music from a different perspective.   The concert platform has had many advances over the past few centuries but one main idea has stuck: programming concerts by genre.  Why?  Who says we have to do this?  What is wrong with Duke Ellington and Debussy side-by-side?  The music of Jimi Hendrix and Vivaldi jamming on the same stage?  French baroque music infused with avant garde composers of the late 20th century?  Today, many artists explore genres outside their speciality but the Pythagoras Ensemble takes this a step further and actively mixes up styles and performers that ordinarily don't go together.  

Our first project, TangoFugue (2011/12), explored the music of Piazzolla alongside fugues by JS Bach and his admirers (Mozart and Mendelssohn).  We even threw in Fugata , a tango driven fugue by Piazzolla himself.  This concert proved to be a critical success and we left the audience wanting more.

Another crucial aspect of our mission is to bring together established ensembles and throw them into the mix.  We have string quartets, early music specialists, piano trios, jazz ensembles, mixed media and electronic music specialists,  composers, Latin music specialists, leading soloists, and seasoned orchestral players all ready to take on the challenge of finding a new road for concert music.