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Jeffrey Boone I discovered Quartet online via Ivan's performance work and tattoos. Thinking the numbers clearly go beyond the aesthetic, I knew there had to be a story. Through hearing that story about his tattoos I gained an appreciation for the depth of commitment in his work - tying together image, meaning, process and sound. Delightful treat.
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Jenny Haunting and mysterious. My kind of music, really!! I'm happy and proud to be a fan of this artist :)
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PJW I found Quartet hard to review as words couldn't convey the emotional and conceptual impact this piece had on me.
Opening with a beautifully haunting piano accompanied by stirring and almost hypnotic vocals, I was taken on a deconstructive path, each track simplifying and stripping away from the previous.
What at first listen may seem strange soon falls into place and opens into another part of the story.
Immersing into the music I felt pain, sorrow, emptiness, disorientation, stillness, transformation and oneness, each state of consciousness induced by a combination of sound and intention.

To conclude, Quartet is beautiful and highly recommended. More than "just music", this is art in its truest sense. Personally, Quartet wasn't just a listening experience but a meditation into myself and delivery into - and representation of - the reality of my existence. Buy this and see for yourself.
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in labelled CD inside a printed sleeve.
    Every copy is numbered and bound with natural jute string.

    Includes unlimited streaming of quartet via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 50 

      $10.40 NZD or more 


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  • 'Blood & Bandages' Limited Edition Compact Disc
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Each piece is numbered 1/20 and it comes in a hand written cotton paper case. Each piece is wrapped in 1 of 20 bandages used on the artist's body in the 2013 performance 'Indelible'. London.

    Includes unlimited streaming of quartet via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Quartet is Italo-British collective Amae's latest project. A cross-over between performance art and music that articulates rhythm using a tattoo machine on the performer's skin, the needles land on four points of resonance placed on the body, producing notes of different length.
The queer body becomes an interactive music sheet and an instrument which affirms its own presence in the world. It creates vibrations and notes, sound and noise. This then extends its presence and connection with celestial motions.
The project features a collaboration with South African singer and songwriter Charles East who contributed lyrics, dark atmosphere and piano recorded at the Dutch Reformed Church in Ladismith.
The collaboration also includes the intervention of sozuproject, which performed the post-production and all the arrangements and remixes.
Quartet is a set of 1 video and 5 different remixes (video version; piano & voice; tattoo remix, wave remix; ending theme remix) that come in both digital and 2 different limited-edition physical versions (Quartet; Quartet Blood and Bandage Deluxe).


released November 9, 2015

Composed by Amae in collaboration with sōzuproject
Voice: Charles East
Lyrics: Charles East, Amae
Mixed & mastered by Sōzuproject.


Special thanks to Nadia Nostrali, Jo Ellis at Blueroom Studios, the Dutch Reformed Church - Ladismith RSA



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Track Name: quartet [video version]
Amae in collaboration with Charles East.
Track Name: quartet [piano&voice]
Lyric: Charles East, Amae;

"Collapsing/Density/Flesh and skin/And in between/
Strings/Four-piece/Quartet/White dwarf"
Track Name: quartet [tattoo version]
Amae, Charles East.
Track Name: quartet [live version-only with "blood and bandages" limited edition CD]
Amae, Charles East