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Unreasonable Visions

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 2.03.29 PMThe Momenta Quartet joins with friends for a fascinating evening of games, visions, and sublimities. From Teheran comes Idin Samimi Mofakham’s transcendent Mirage, a slowly unfolding apparition for percussion and trio, while Eric Nathan’s vision for the quartet is heard in the compelling Four to One. Impossibilities are ever-present in Michalis Paraskakis’s Not Yet II, in which a clarinet’s subtle microtonal bendings, blendings, and bleatings challenge the quartet. Oboe and percussion join the fray for Daniel Moreira’s Das Nein-Doch Spiel: a persuasive take on the unwinnable children’s game of yes and no. While Guy Barash’s ambitious String Quartet poses its own challenges. The evening closes with a new work from MATA’s own Alex Weiser.

Michalis Paraskakis (Greece): Not Yet II (2012-14), WP
Daniel Moreira (Brazil): Das Nein-Doch Spiel (2011, rev. 2012), AP
Guy Barash (Israel / USA): String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean” (2012)
Alex Weiser (USA): New Work for Clarinet and String Quartet (2015), WP
Eric Nathan (USA): Four To One (2011)
Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran): Mirage (2012)  

Tickets Available Here

Opening Night GALA at Paula Cooper Gallery

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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7PM

At Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street
(between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Composers and performers have flown in from around the world for the 2015 MATA Festival. Meet them and have a preview of the festival’s offerings in an intimate and ultra-chic gathering featuring wine and music. Performances by the Momenta Quartet, Curious Chamber Players and Sam Pluta.

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui (1572 )
Simon Steen Anderson: Inside-out-side-in ( 2001)
Rei Munakata: Sasaki-san’s Last Sword (2007)
Sam Pluta: Improvisation (2015)

Tickets available Here.

Momenta Quartet

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Praised by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience” and by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence,” the Momenta Quartet is celebrated for its innovative programming, juxtaposing contemporary works from widely divergent aesthetics with great music from the past. Momenta has premiered over 80 works and collaborated with over 100 living composers while maintaining a deep commitment to the classical canon. In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.”

In recent seasons, Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, the Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, the Stone, and Roulette. In addition to its long-standing affiliation with Temple University, Momenta has performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, and Yeshiva Universities; Williams, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bard-Simon’s Rock, and Bates Colleges; the Mannes and Eastman Schools of Music and Boston Conservatory. Festivals include Music at Gretna, Cooperstown, Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Accent12 Festival, and artist residencies at Yellow Barn and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. The quartet has performed in Hawaii, England, Singapore, and Indonesia, and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Momenta has recorded for Centaur Records, Furious Artisans, MRS Classics, PARMA, New World Records, and Albany Records; and has been broadcast on WQXR, Q2 Music, WWFM, Music for Internets, Austria’s Oe1, and Vermont Public Radio. The quartet’s debut album, MOMENTA, will be released on Albany Records in 2015.