Mnemosyne Quartet is a Kansas City-based ensemble dedicated to multimedia collaboration, commissioning composers, and developing a distinctive language of crafted improvisation inspired by the environments with which they perform. Whether performing in a concert hall, bar, outdoor plaza, or elevator, Mnemosyne considers their venue an integral part of the concert experience. The quartet’s atypical instrumentation of bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, and electronics yields a unique stylistic palette that provokes creativity within the ensemble and their collaborators. By embodying electronics as an equal member of the quartet, a distinguishing feature of Mnemosyne includes the integration of old and new technologies fused with live performance. Mnemosyne’s mission is to guide listeners toward peaceful contemplation and introspection by both heightening their awareness of the auditory environments within their daily lives and by transporting them to remote destinations.
Mnemosyne Quartet was formed in summer 2014 and gave their first performance at the inaugural Art in the Loop Foundation’s Downtown Kansas City Street Art/Placemaking Pilot Project at Oppenstein Park. Just recently, Mnemosyne performed for the opening of Adam Cvijanovic’s American Montage at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City. Other notable performances include Anomalous City, a collaboration with Zach Shemon of the Prism Quartet at Prairie Logic and Analog Drift, a cross-disciplinary performance at ArtSounds—a collaboration between the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute. Mnemosyne’s most recent work, Fragmented Realities, will be featured at The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2018 National Conference.
Mnemosyne Quartet consists of Eli Hougland, Michael Miller, Russell Thorpe, and Ted King-Smith. Check out their website: