Mēla, an Indian word meaning festive gathering, embodies the ethos of the Mēla guitar quartet.
Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire Mēla explore the art of a classical quartet to the highest level whilst still making their style accessible for all.
Members, Matthew Robinson, George Tarlton, Daniel Bovey and Jiva Housden each have a wealth of concert experience, from performances on BBC Radio 3 and 4 to concerto performances with various orchestras and performing in venues such as the Wigmore hall, Kings Place, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Purcell Rooms.This has led the group to work in collaboration with contemporary composers, such as Guitar Foundation of America winner Johannes Möller and Alumni of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Richard Melkonian, whilst regularly presenting their own arrangements and transcriptions in concert.
In October 2014, Mēla performed at Kings Place as part of London Guitar Festival, Winchester Guitar Festival and in 2015 opened the Founders Hall recital series on the King’s Road in Chelsea and recorded Stephen Dodgson’s world premiere Change Ringers for the Dodgson Trust. They have recently finished a recording of chamber music by Stephen Dodgson which includes lesser known works and premieres. The CD includes guest artists: Eden-Stell guitar duo, violinist Hartmut Richter, cellist Evva Mizerska and soprano Antonia Gentile and will be released by Naxos in their next season.
In 2016 Mēla opened the Hendrix Museum as well as performing a sold out concert for them. As well as performing at Milton Court as part of the Guildhall Alumni series Mēla have spent their time recording and filming. Mēla were the International Guitar Foundation ‘Young Artists’ where they performed at venues throughout the U.K. including King’s Place, London.
The quartet all play on guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.