Ugly Pug: Crossroads | Etcetera KTC1921

Ugly Pug: Crossroads


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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1921

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th October 2021



Ugly Pug was founded in 2014 with the single objective of commissioning and performing new music.

While the trio would have been a fairly standard formation from 400 years ago, the recorder (Juho Myllylä), viola da gamba (Miron Andres) and harpsichord (Wesley Shen) are in this contemporary music context, an exception to the norm.

By treating their instruments completely detached from their past and ‘standard’ repertoire, the trio and the composers they work with have freedom to explore new sounds and possibilities not found in traditional chamber music formations of our time.

The name of the ensemble often elicits strong reactions: “What do you mean by ‘Ugly Pug’? Pugs are not ugly!” The group is named after a very special pug, Sabba, and the endless and still unresolved debates over his supposed ugliness or attractiveness.

They are based (and perform regularly) in Amsterdam and this is their debut recording.

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