4-MALITY is one of the world's most compelling and innovative percussion quartets. It was formed by Adrian Spillett, the first percussionist to win the prestigious BBC Young Musicians Competition.
The 4-MALITY artists have command of over eighty drums, gongs, cymbals and tuned percussion. The music and performance is unique. Defying categorisation, it is visually spectacular, physically demanding and presented with the skill and artistry of dedicated chamber musicians.
The influences in the music are so diverse that 4-MALITY concerts always appeal to a wide audience. Comparisons with the music of Japan, Africa, the Caribbean and the minimalism of Steve Reich are common, providing the audience with a sense of familiarity amidst the excitement of experiencing something new.
4-MALITY has performed in many prominent venues and at world-renowned festivals including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Snape Proms, Rhythm Sticks, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. International tours have taken the group to Australia, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium and Finland.
Commissioned works are at the heart of 4-MALITY's originality. Composers who write for the group are Jan Bradley, Ian Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch, Russel Du Plessis, Julian Warburton, Eric Sammut, Dinuk Wijeratne and Geir Rafnsson. As a member of 4-MALITY, Jan Bradley's compositions play a vital role in the quartet. His works embody the 4-MALITY ethos, demanding high energy, great dexterity and showcasing some unorthodox percussion instruments. The result is virtuosic, flamboyant and an experience not to be missed.
4-MALITY has previously visited the Lake District Summer Music festival in 2006 and 2013.
*See the panel on the right for details of the ensemble's concert in the 2015 LDSM festival.