The Carillon Quartet is a unique trumpet quartet which specializes in the performing, study and expansion of the trumpet literature in the duo, trio and quartet settings. The compositional possibilities for this instrumental setting are vast, and the repertoire available is rich in its sonic palate. Audiences and composers often express their surprise and marvel when they realize the rich sonic range that a trumpet quartet has at its disposal. The Carillon Trumpet Quartet was born at CalArts from the Mauricio Kagel Nah und Fern "rebirth" project in 2015, which brought the 1993/94 masterpiece into a live setting for the first time.
The quartet members initially met at the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, hosted by the Center for Advanced Musical Studies. There the members shared their thoughts on contemporary music and their passion for the trumpet repertoire. In 2015 the members once again were reunited at CalArts. Since then the Carillon quartet has presented a number of projects and has continued moving forward in its mission.