Spark brings an exciting new voice to the young creative classical scene. The group combines the virtuosity and precision of a classical chamber music ensemble with the power and grit of a rock band. Since 2007, this adventurous quintet has been roaming the world as the Classical Band and celebrating an eccentric mix of post-classical, minimal music and avant-garde. In 2011, the ensemble won an ECHO Klassik Award. With their ear for the unusual and the unheard, these five young musicians move effortlessly between the most contrasting musical worlds. Classical at heart, outwardly wilful and nonconformist, they forge tradition and innovation into a thrilling sonic experience at the cutting edge. Together they perform music that ignites passion. Together they spark.
Hailed by the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT as “chamber music for the Facebook generation”, the Spark sound encapsulates the life experience of the 21st century. Fast cuts, juxtapositioning and juggling of the most varied eras and styles, the art of surprise and the delight in associative illusion expressed in music: all these things characterize the style of the Classical Band. Old jostles with new, the lines between serious and light music are blurred, Baroque masterpieces are introduced to young contemporaries, Classical-Romantic repertoire enjoys a thrilling remix and stereotypes are taken in hand for the pure delight of rubbing them up the wrong way. The Wiener Zeitung speaks of “refreshing soundscapes wrapped up in a concept that defies convention.” “You won’t find a cooler combination of clamour and cantilena”, writes Der Tagesspiegel. The daily paper DIE WELT dubs Spark a “top-notch band” and the Badisches Tagblatt calls the five musicians “the intrepid young pioneers of the classical scene.” The Dutch daily De Volkskrant numbers Spark among the very few ensembles “who have the potential to convincingly combine influences from pop and dance with classical music” and the American Record Guide describes the group as “a genuine classical music phenomenon not unlike Yo Yo Ma or the Kronos Quartet, but even more vital.”