Since their formation in 1993, The Caliban Quartet of Bassoonists has been surprising and delighting listeners around the world with their eclectic and sparkling performances and recordings. With the aim of giving the bassoons all the good bits, they have shamelessly performed their own arrangements of everything from Renaissance religious music to world music, jazz, and tangos.
Real composers have written thirteen contemporary pieces for the Quartet, and reviews of their concerts have included words like "inventive," "superb," and "bassoon." Critic Christopher Howell of the online magazine Classical Music Web writes "it's that rare thing; it's not "classical", it's not "light", it's not even "contemporary" ... it's MUSIC and could unite a wide range of listeners accustomed to snob one another's product."
The Caliban Quartet is named after that strange little creature from Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Like the bassoon, Caliban is dark, earthy, sometimes humourous, and capable of more than you might think.