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Maths and music have more in common than most artists will want to admit. Take the Fibonacci Sequence, for example. "Fiber-what?" Ok, let's make things a little easier by giving an example. The Fibonacci Sequence was discovered by Leonardo of Pisa, whom some refer to as the greatest mathematician of the middle ages and whom his friends and admirers prefered to call Fibonacci (there's about a thousand theories as to what that meant, but let's just assume the easiest of those is true and that it was an abreviation for "lucky son").  Each number in his series is the sum of the two preceding ones, so it looks like this: 1  2  3  5  8  13  21  34  55  89  144... Interestingly enough, as the series progresses, the relation of two connected numbers approximates the "Golden Section". Even more noteworthy, this relation can be whitnessed on the keys of a Keyboard (5 Black Keys, 8 White Keys, 13 Keys for each Octave) or that "the vibrations per second of different musical intervals are in Fibonacci ratios". But most interesting of all, the "Fibonacci Sequence" is the name of a remarkable Chamber Music Ensemble that has built a formidable reputation for itself and has now decided to hit the road with the Fine Arts Quartet in February.

Which makes for one of the most interesting parings of the still young year. For one, the stellar musical quality of the groups is undisputed. The Fine Arts Quartet, as the New York Times pointed out, "is one of those ensembles that date back so many years, none of the original members are still active". In fact, the 2005-2006 season marks the Quartet's 60th anniversary - which should make it one of the longest-lasting groups ever (take that, you Rolling Stones!). Basically, the history of the Fine Arts Quartet is the history of the rediscovery of the String Quartet and its gradual rise to the most refreshing and possibly most influential musical form of the 20th Century. Also, their career has been remarkably well documented and now that  some recordings, which seeemd to have been trapped in the treadmills of the music industry, will be made available again to fans worldwide, the past and the present are becoming ever more entwined. Add to that the upcoming encounter with an entirely new generation of Classical musicians and the Fine Arts are sure to blossom for a few years to come.

The Fibonacci Sequence, meanwhile, may still be a young ensemble, they are not exactly newcomers either. Founded in 1994, their ascent has been steep: Apart from touring ceaselessly, they have recorded four albums under their own name, apart from releasing even more in different combinations of individual members. Their appetite for new and unusual repertoire has been insatiable: Poulenc may well be the most famous of composers they have documented on disc - or have you heard of Ned Rorem, Rawsthorne or John McCabe before? Add to that the fact, that many in the group have highly succesful solo careers going on - especially Jack Liebeck will be a familiar name to those interested in exciting violin players and you've got an all-star ensemble ready to take on the future. Which is exactly what they plan to do, incidently.

In February, the pairing will apear in the most diverse locations in England and Germany, playing together on one occasion and exchanging members on another. Among the dates will be one at a coffee concert in the BBC recital series (featuring Stravinsky and Poulenc) as well as a quartet of live performances in Aachen, Ahaus and Steinfurt (a beautiful little town close to our very own headquarters in Münster). The latter will, by the way, be a co-operation with a local radio station. And if you can make it to Aachen on the tenth, you will be able to catch both the Fibonacci Sequence and the Fine Arts Quartet as they delve into a program of Mozart, Arensky, Bruch and Dohnany. Here's the total tour program:

February 10th Fibonacci Sequence + Fine Arts Quartet in Aachen
Violin, 2 violas,  2 cellos,  clarinet, horn and piano
Mozart/ Arensky/ Bruch/ Dohnanyi 

February 12th Fibonacci Sequence in Ahaus
Violin, viola, cello, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano
Glinka/ Mozart/ Stravinsky/ Weber/ Dohnanyi 

February 12th Duncan McTier of the Fibonacci Sequence  with Fine Arts Quartet in Aachen

February 15th    Fibonacci Sequence  live radio/concert in Steinfurt  (Bagno Series)

violin, violin/viola, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn
Strauss arr. Hasenöhrl/ Frank Bridge/ Mozart/ Schubert

And: You don't need to be a mathematician to figure out that this is a great prospect!

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