tags: Quartet New Generation

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

QUARTET NEW GENERATION

Friday, February 17th, 2012

SUSANNE FRÖHLICH, ANDREA GUTTMANN, MIAKO KLEIN, HEIDE SCHWARZ  – recorders

 

Hailed as “Four Recorder Virtuosos” by The New York Times, and “mind-blowing” by the Los Angeles Times, QNG-Quartet New Generation has performed at major venues and series such as Carnegie Hall, The Bang On a Can Marathon, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Ojai Festival, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Greenwich International Early Music Festival, the Virginia Arts Festival, Göttinger Händel Festspiele, Singapore Arts Festival and many more.

 

Performing on upwards of 30 different recorders of varying sizes and shapes during the course of a typical performance, QNG mesmerizes and transforms its audiences through innovative programming that juxtaposes contemporary and early music. The quartet’s unique high-energy mode of performance inspires new works and creates a dynamic and exciting forum for exploring the music of our time. This totally original collective of players moves the listener into new sonic worlds, confirming the recorder’s viability as a modern classical instrument. Taking advantage of the large recorder family and its flexibility, QNG is constantly searching for new possibilities of sound and expression. The instruments played by the quartet include a large number of accurate copies of authentic historical instruments plus modern recorders.