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April 18 FACE OFF: JACK QUARTET + QUARTET NEW GENERATION

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The first night of the festival pits two extraordinary quartets: the JACK string quartet, (David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being “among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience,” and NPR listed their performance as one of “The Best New York Alt-Classical Concerts Of 2010”; and Quartet New Generation, a recorder – yes, recorder! – collective, the likes of which you
have not heard, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “mind-blowing” and First Prize Winners of the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. MATA commissions two talented young composers: Huck Hodge, the 2011 Rome Prize winner, to write a new work from the JACK Quartet, and the Shanghai-based Yi Qin to write for QNG. We begin each night of the festival with one part of  Jacob Cooper’s newly-created hypnotic video series, Triptych.

Program

Jacob Cooper, Triptych, I: Commencer Une Autre Mort (video)

Qin Yi , Sound Shadow, (MATA Commission), QNG

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Atemlos, QNG with with motor driven devices designed and built in collaboration with Swiss artist Pe Lang

Huck Hodge, re[(f)use] (MATA Commission), JACK

Hugi Gudmunsson, Matins, JACK

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Oscar Bianchi, Crepuscolo, QNG

Gordon Beeferman, Passages, QNG

Yotam  Haber, Estro poetico-armonico for JACK and QNG

JACK QUARTET

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe) and “viscerally exciting performances” (New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being “among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience.” The Washington Post commented, “The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital.” Alex Ross (New Yorker) hailed their performance of Iannis Xenakis’ complete string quartets as being “exceptional” and “beautifully harsh,” and Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) called their sold-out performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct.“mind-blowingly good.”

The quartet has performed to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall (London), Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France), Ultraschall Festival für Neue Musik (Germany), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Netherlands), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Library of Congress, Kimmel Center, La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), and Carnegie Hall.