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Fourplay - Aural Fourplay

Author: Jane Stabler
Sunday, 9 December 2007
There are a few similarities between Fourplay and the ‘other’ type of Foreplay. Both involve the bringing togetherof things that at first you may not think would necessarily work. But above allelse, both are a lot of fun, and seem to gather more fans as more people tryit. Fans such as 3D’s Jane Stabler.FourPlay, ofcourse, has four people involved, whereas only the very lucky amongst us canclaim that number for the other type. One of the quartet, Peter Hollo, admitsthat the foursome do actually get along as well as you would hope a band namedFourPlay would. “The way wework these days is that we have a lot of different commitments,” Hollo reveals.“So we tour in spurts, and it’s really exciting to have a clump of gigs comingup and see each other. We manage to get along pretty well.” FourPlay havemade a name for themselves creating sounds you wouldn’t expect to come from theclassical instruments that they play. Their unusual approach to theirinstruments, and their defiance against adhering to any particular genre hasalso made them difficult to describe. Without experiencing the group foryourself, it is hard to put into words what this foursome manage to achieve,and Hollo agrees that many FourPlay first timers are surprised by their uniquesound.“What we’retrying to do is translate other genres to the instruments we play.” Holloexplains. “We started off being interested in indie rock and we didn’t evenwant to do anything revolutionary, they were just the instruments we played. Welisten to a lot of electronic, so we play a lot of different genres, whetherit’s dub or drum n bass and other stuff we listen to. We use all sorts ofeffects and I don’t really know any other group that approaches it like that.”FourPlay’soutdoor appearance at the Sydney Festival will undoubtedly add to their growinglegion of fans. In the same way the music they play isn’t synonymous withclassical instruments, neither are outdoor gigs and Hollo reveals that atraditional setting for their live shows is now much less of a norm. “In a way we’reused to [less conventional venues] and it’s rare occasions we play with aclassical group, that’s the weird context,” he says. “As soon as we came upwith the FourPlay idea and played in a pub it was a real thrill. One of thereally exciting things is the immediate connection with an audience who [unlikeaudiences in grand venues] aren’t scared to show their enthusiasm.”WHO: FourPlay
WHAT: Play the Famous Spiegeltent at Sydney Festival
WHEN: 10 – 12 January
MORE: sydneyfestival.org.au
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