iYatra Quartet

Alice Barron – violin
Rich Phillips – cello
Will Roberts – percussion
George Sleightholme – bass clarinet

“Absolutely beautiful”

Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

“Melding their classical roots with dynamic traditional and improvised music”

Peel, BBC Radio 3

Boundary bending iyatraQuartet create original and virtuosic music; fusing their classical roots with innovation, intense energy and groove; exploring the capabilities of their instruments with a heady mix of world sounds and extended techniques.

Their debut album, This World Alone (5* Album Choice fRoots, 4* Songlines), was praised by violinist Nigel Kennedy as ‘beautiful … full of space and truth’. In 2019, iyatraQuartet were recipients of the inaugural Kennedy-Kolodziejski Award. Their 2020 album, Break the Dawn, celebrates the theme of transformation and was recorded live in single takes in London’s Union Chapel.

‘iyatra’ derives from the Hindi word for travel or pilgrimage and the group embraces this sense of journey in their music. At times drawing inspiration from Karnatic music and plainchant, with Cuban rhythms, English folk and Arabic music all thrown into the mix – there is a surprise around every corner.