The Eskandari Collective
The Eskandari Quartet started playing together in 2017. Since their foundation, they have collaborated with a host of young musicians based in Manchester. In working alongside talented composers Benjamin Marrington-Reeve, Will Frampton and Atefeh Einali, as well as a diverse array of performing talent, the quartet were struck by the wealth of fantastic, young musicians in Manchester. They have since established a chamber music collective, composed of young performers and associated composers, known as the Eskandari Collective. With this they hope to connect emerging musical talent in Manchester.
Benjamin Marrington -Reeve
Born in 1998, Benjamin Marrington-Reeve began his compositional studies in the young scholar position in the Wildstreet Ensemble in London in 2014. After two years studying and playing saxophone with the ensemble, he moved to Manchester to study music in 2016 at the University of Manchester, focusing his studies in composition, analysis, 20th-century music, and harmony and counterpoint. Whilst at Manchester he has been an active member of the music society both as Programming Manager 2016-17 and as Opera Manager 2018-19, managing the world stage premier of Judith Weir’s Armida. Benjamin has had his works performed and workshopped by No Dice Collective, the Eskandari Quartet, Wildstreet Ensemble, and Manchester New Sounds concert series.
It is a vital part of our philosophy in music-making to support new and upcoming composers. We do this through organising workshops, recording sessions and live performances of new works.
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Atefeh Einali currently resides in Manchester, UK. She has completed her master’s degree in composition at the University of Manchester. A graduate of the Art University of Tehran, Atefeh is also an active Santoor player and she has performed in the UK, Netherlands and Iran. Her research interests include the musical possibilities of combining traditional Persian musical practices with Western contemporary musical practices considering musical parameters such as pitch, rhythm and timbre. Also, she was one of the winners in SIMF (ACIMIC= The Association of Iranian Contemporary Music Composers) competition in France in November 2018. Moreover, her pieces have been performed by Jae-Won in Zutphen, the Netherlands in Bach festival, Alternance Ensemble in France, Trio Atem ensemble, Danel quartet and Eskandari quartet at the University of Manchester. She also has been a co-composer in “Circle messages” album with Dr Melanie Chilianis from Melbourne, Australia, based on the merging of Eastern and Western intervals. In addition, one of her pieces has been chosen for publication in volume 23 of Women and music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (WAM Journal), the USA. Now, a unique collaboration (Avazad fusion ensemble) is formed by Atefeh. She is composing and playing in this band in Manchester.
Will Frampton is a composer whose work has been performed by ensembles such as the Orchestra of Opera North, Psappha Ensemble, Berkeley Ensemble and Allegri Quartet. Will's music has featured at a number of festivals and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
From 2014-2016 Will ran Wild Street Ensemble, a chamber ensemble based in London. In 2016 the ensemble premiered Will’s song cycle Enûma Eliš, a setting of ancient Babylonian creation myths in the original language. The cycle was recorded in 2017 by Rachel Duckett and the Marsyas Trio and was released in 2018. The recording was supported by a Bliss Trust Composer Bursary.
Will has regularly collaborated with multimedia artist Nastassja Simensky including on 2014's The London. Written in commemoration of HMS The London, the work was premiered aboard a fishing boat, at the site of the wreck, by the Ligeti String Quartet and Rachel Duckett. The Ligeti Quartet have subsequently premiered Will’s second string quartet at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. In 2018 Will was commissioned to compose a work for solo violin for Psappha ensemble: Music Alone was premiered at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Other recent commissions include Nordhaus Litany by No Dice Collective, which was subsequently performed at the New Music Manchester festival, Watermark by the Eskandari String Quartet, and O Music by Ad Solem; who performed the work as part of their 2019 tour of Hungary. Will has previously studied at Goldsmith’s College and privately with Robert Saxton and David Matthews. In 2016 Will was awarded the AHRC North West Consortium Partnership full award for PhD research which is currently being undertaken with the supervision of Professor Camden Reeves at the University of Manchester, where Will also tutors in composition.