Cellist Raphael Merlin of the Ebène Quartet (second from left) was Caitriona Bolster's guest on the Wednesday, Feb 29 Artsline interview program on KWAX. Merlin and his colleagues perform this Sunday March 4 in the final ChamberMusic@Beall concert of the year.
In the first part, Raphael explains about how the group was formed and how the member's interests led to the acclaimed CD Fiction.
In part two, Raphael talks about this Sunday's concert and the progression from one of Mozart's Haydn Quartets, and makes a "trip" between the classical Vienna of Schubert and the golden age of St. Petersburg in Tchaikovsky's "Accordion" quartet.
In the conclusion of the interview Raphael points the way towards a new quartet project based on the concept of water as the purest component of life.