Seismograf doesn’t normally sit down for a chat with ensembles but has made an exception for Neko3 on the grounds that a) the group itself isn’t very normal and b) if you haven’t already found yourself in one of its audiences, you’re probably about to. In the coming weeks, Neko3 will be pretty much unavoidable for the sorts of people who read articles like this one. Not that you’re Neko3’s target market. The ensemble rails against the peripatetic nature of the contemporary classical music audience: the same people at the same concerts for the same (mostly professional) reasons. Something of that thought process sprang the group into adolescence after the baby steps of its first concert in November 2017.
‘Things are very anarchistic right now’
Fei Nie, Lorenzo Colombo, Kalle Hakosalo, and Mads Emil Dreyer – three musicians and a composer. Together they’re Neko3, one of the most visionary ensembles at a moment where the scene is changing rapidly.