Inspired by friendship and innate musical chemistry, The Archytas Project officially formed in 2016 as an international roster of world class chamber musicians. Some members have known each other since childhood, developing their first chamber music sensibilities together over 30 years ago. With bases in Canada, the USA, Australia and Germany, the Ensemble collects in various parts of the world on a project to project basis.
Supported by a private patron with the desire to commission a new quartet, Archytas was able to indulge in their love of creating contemporary music from the very inception of the ensemble, with their initial project including two great historic works from the literature and a new work from American-Canadian Composer Marcus Goddard. Immediately following the World Premier of Goddard’s second string quartet, “Three Wings”, the Ensemble was invited by Grammy and Juno Award winning Producer Denise Ball to air the new work on CBC Radio 2’s “In Performance”. Following this premier broadcast, host Paolo Petropaulo declared the Archytas style as “gripping…soulful playing”.
Spring 2019 will see the Ensemble’s debut recording released internationally by Paladino Media GmbH in Vienna, Austria. This recording features the chamber music of Marcus Goddard in a Tryptich of works written for strings.
The Archytas Project takes it’s name after the great Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Statesman and Strategist, Archytas, who has been attributed with being the first to quantify the distance between a semi-tone in music.