The Shape Distance


Chamber Cartel is thrilled to announce a “Composer-in-Association” relationship with Marc Yeats, a composer based in the United Kingdom. What this means for Chamber Cartel is an extended relationship with Marc over the next few years to really dig down deep and fashion a sizeable and weighty body of work. Our first foray into this relationship is a work called The Shape Distance. This work will be premiered in September of 2013 and will be the subject of our first recording.

We’re quite honored that Marc has dedicated this work to us and find it beautiful, uncompromising, and intriguing to say the least! Here’s what Marc has to say about our relationship and his piece, The Shape Distance.

“I’m thrilled to be working so closely with such a highly talented, motivated and imaginative band of musicians as Chamber Cartel and very excited to be working in this way in Atlanta and the US!

I see my association as being an opportunity to experiment, research and develop new work with the Cartel that explores non-synchronized performance of my especially composed music, often bringing together many independent lines of sound into complex and surprising combinations. This is an area of composition that I’m passionate about and holds many innovative possibilities for composition and performance practice. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to create works that will then be realized in performance with passion, vision and expertise. I’m one lucky composer!”

You can read more about Marc’s recent work with unsynchronized material and the links between his work as a visual artists here:

Chamber Cartel will continue our relationship with Marc through the next two seasons commissioning new works for various combinations of instrumentalists/vocalists.

We are especially excited to begin this journey with Marc and hope you join us by following the artistic process of collaboration on Twitter @marcyeats @chambercartel, on and, on this blog (along with other updates about the Cartel), and both of our websites – and

If you don’t know us, Chamber Cartel is band of classically trained musicians seeking the rare, wonderful, imaginative, and beautiful in contemporary music. We’re based in Atlanta, Georgia where we share our scene with other great ensembles such as Bent Frequency, Terminus, and Sonic Generator. We’ve had the opportunity to work with such talented artists and ensembles as the A/B Duo, Stacey Mastrian,, Valerie Keuhne, Joey Molinaro, Bent Frequency, The Atlanta Poets Group, and Core Performance Company. Since our inception in January of 2012 Chamber Cartel has performed more than 15 concerts and over 20 hours of unique musical selections. Our second season entitled What are we doing? Where are we going? explores contemporary musics relationship to its past and it’s subsequent future through masterworks of the 20th and 21st century.

Marc Yeats is a composer and visual artist. His intense music has been performed and commissioned around the world. He has worked with many distinguished performers, ensembles and musicians including Psappha, the London Sinfonietta, the Endymion Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra, among others with many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, European and US radio stations.

Marc is Composer-in-Association with Thumb ensemble [Birmingham UK], Composer-in-Association with Manchester Pride [Manchester UK] and most recently, Composer-in-Association with Chamber Cartel [Atlanta USA]. He is Chair of DIVAcontemporary, an artist-led organisation committed to creativity and experimentation in the arts and practice-based research, working internationally, nationally and locally. Marc is a founding partner of SATSYMPH LLP.

Marc’s visual art has been exhibited and collected across the UK and abroad. He has paintings in the collections of several public galleries in Scotland including An Tobar, An Tuireann and The Pier Art Centre, Orkney. Marc is Artist-in-Residence at the Marburae Art Gallery, Maccelsfied, Cheshire for summer 2013

Recent large music commissions include: SATSYMPH’s ‘on a theme of Hermes’; an original work which fuses contemporary classical ensemble music and contemporary poetry in an entirely new and innovative way having a truly unique method of delivery via smartphone apps, ‘sturzstrom’, a large choral work commissioned by Coastal Voices as part of an umbrella project that explored the Jurassic Coast with newly commissioned compositions linking music and earth sciences through the voice. Performances included the premiere, 300 feet underground in Beer Quarry Caves, Devon; Lighthouse Poole and the opening ceremony of the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset in July 2012. Other commissions include a string quartet for the Corsham Festival, new works for Thumb Ensemble and Manchester Pride, a brass quintet for Alba Brass and many other works to be premiered in 2013 and beyond.

Marc has received enthusiastic reviews for his work in many leading UK newspapers including ‘The Times’, The Independent’, The Scotsman and the Herald with glowing endorsements for his work from some of today’s most eminent composers:

“Marc Yeats’ musical voice is quite unlike anything else; the music is challenging to both performers and audiences, and very communicative. He produces extraordinary compositions that not only look and sound good, but demonstrate a very high level of academic learning, while being breathtakingly original.” – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies


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