MĒLA GUITAR QUARTET
Mēla, an Indian word meaning ‘festive gathering’, embodies the ethos of the Mēla Guitar Quartet. Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire, the Mēla Quartet explores the art of a classical quartet to the highest level while still making their style accessible for all. Members Matthew Robinson, George Tarlton, Daniel Bovey and Jiva Housden have a wealth of concert experience, from performances on BBC Radios 3 and 4 to concerto performances in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Purcell Room. The quartet regularly presents their own arrangements and transcriptions in concert, and this recognition has paved the way for collaborations with contemporary composers such as Johannes Möller and Richard Melkonian. In October 2014, Mēla performed at Kings Place as part of the London Guitar Festival, at Winchester Guitar Festival, and in 2015 opened the Founders Hall recital series on the King’s Road in Chelsea. They later recorded the world première of Stephen Dodgson’s Change-Ringers for the Dodgson Trust. In 2016 Mēla opened the Hendrix Museum as well as performing a sold-out concert for them. The quartet performed at Milton Court as part of the Guildhall Alumni series and have spent their time recording and filming for ‘The Fly on the Wall’ series and performing at Sofar Sounds. They also performed for the Burgess Foundation as part of Anthony Burgess’ centenary. Mēla were named the International Guitar Foundation ‘Young Artists’ in 2016. The quartet all play on guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.
Photo: David Hughes