Where lifestyle, Landscape and Music Intersect: Introducing a Brand-New ASQ Experience







Aus + NZ to Celebrate Anzac Spirit with Major Concert Event this Saturday

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The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) is launching its digital streaming platform ASQ Live + On Demand, and kicks off its online content delivery with a series of weekly live-streamed webisodes, titled ASQ Live at UKARIA on 2 August.

More than just a live-streamed concert, the ASQ Live at UKARIA series mixes lifestyle programming and live-performance with splash of sports broadcast excitement. Ever wondered what really happens in the wings before the performance? Here’s your backstage pass.

Hosted by the charismatic Johanna Allen and featuring a raft of world-class South Australian guest artisans including luthiers, street-artists, chefs and entrepreneurs as well as acclaimed pianist Konstantin Shamray, the ASQ’s first major foray into the world of live streamed and on-demand content will promote an exquisite South Australian life-style experience to a world-wide audience.

“I am truly delighted to be hosting ASQ Live at UKARIA. My task is to share the human side of this experience. I’m interested in getting to know Dale, Francesca, Steve and Sharon away from the music, as much as their persona within the quartet. This project gives us all a chance to explore art from a human perspective. We get a joyous marriage – music from one of Australia’s most renowned classical acts, intertwined with who they are as people.” Series host Johanna Allen

Filmed at the iconic UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, the webisodes not only provide a world-class live musical experience, they pair artistic exploration with the South Australian landscape – providing a stunning accompaniment to the performance programs. The artistry extending beyond the stage, the ASQ has engaged multi award-winning Cinematographer Maxx Corkindale as the series’ Director of Photography, allowing the viewer unprecedented visual access to the performances, ensuring the streams will look as good as they sound.

“What’s more delicious than a mixture art, lifestyle and the natural world, wrapped within a program of stunning music? We can’t wait to start performing again!” Dale Barltrop, Australian String Quartet Violin.

How to watch
Viewers can subscribe to the ASQ Live + On Demand platform for just $40 via www.asq.com.au. Subscription includes access to the ASQ Live at UKARIA webseries with the ability re-watch past streams until the end of October 2020. Existing ASQ+ Subscribers will get access to the platform free of charge.

The musical program
Webisodes will be approx 45 minutes and live-streamed / premiered at 3pm ACST (3:30pm AEST)
Sunday 2 AugustMendelssohn String Quartet in F minor op 80 (live-stream)
Sunday 9 AugustPaul Stanhope String Quartet No. 3 (live-stream)
Sunday 16 AugustDvo?ák Piano Quintet with Konstantin Shamray (live-stream)
Sunday 23 AugustRoss Edwards String Quartet No. 4 *World Premiere* (live-stream)
Sunday 30 AugustMozart String Quartet in C minor Dissonance (delayed-stream)
Sunday 6 SeptemberMatthew Hindson String Quartet No. 3 Ngeringa (live-stream)
Sunday 13 September |  Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 (live-stream)
Sunday 20 September | Joe Chindamo String Quartet No. 1 (delayed-stream)


Where lifestyle, Landscape and Music Intersect: Introducing a Brand-New ASQ Experience

Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit







Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Australian String Quartet

In the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, the ASQ pays homage to Beethoven in a brand-new interactive experience for music-lovers young and old, presented in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Quartet has teamed up with Sandpit, the experience design company behind exhibitions at ACMI (Melbourne), Arts Centre Melbourne, Google’s Creative Lab, the University of South Australia’s MoD (Adelaide), Beyond Blue, Penguin Books, Melbourne Zoo and more, to deliver Project Ludwig – an interactive journey into Beethoven’s sound-world, where the audience determines the program.

Deviating from the traditional string quartet performance, audiences will be able to participate in this interactive adventure by walking through the performance space gathering information about Beethoven’s famous Opus 18 string quartets, listening to excerpts through ‘bone-conductive sound technology’, and ultimately, using NFC-chip technology to vote for which movements they’d like the ASQ to perform. This show is designed to be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of age, classical music knowledge, experience or expertise.

Collaborations at the core, the State Library of New South Wales, Museum of Brisbane and SAHMRI (South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute) all join the project as presentation partners with the ethos of learning and discovery truly at the project’s core, and Adelaide-based luthier URTEXT Stringed Instruments joins as the project’s Listening Installation Partner.


“There are so many ways to enjoy music other than just sitting in a seat and quietly listening. We believe that behind every sound, lies a journey of discovery waiting to be explored. Through Beethoven’s stunning Opus 18 string quartets, with the inspiring and creative minds at Sandpit, we hope to help illuminate the path of musical discovery for everyone!” Francesca Hiew, Violin 2, Australian String Quartet


“Sandpit’s approach, as with much of our work, is to create an immersive, magical experience for the audience – where technology is hidden into seemingly ordinary objects that come to life during the performance.” Sam Haren, Creative Director, Sandpit


This is the second time the ASQ has created a new interactive listening experience for Adelaide Fringe audiences, following the success of its sell-out, five-star hit PitchFork, a collaboration with food experience producers Post Dining, which went on to win a Fringe Weekly Award for Best Interactive, Film or Digital Work  and currently shortlisted for an Adelaide Critics Circle award for Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation.


Melbourne Mon 24 February, 6.30pm, Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon)
Sydney Wed 26 February, 6.30pm, State Library of NSW
Brisbane Thu 27 February, 6.30pm, Museum of Brisbane
Adelaide Sun 1 March, 2pm & 4pm Mon 2 March, 6pm, SAHMRI Auditorium

Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit