JACK Quartet

Friday, December 9, 2011

A string quartet performance in two acts featuring three pieces from the 1960s to the present that play with conventions of music notation and performance, and a haunting 30-minute piece from the 1990s with an uncanny spectral interplay.

Program Info:

Earle Brown, String Quartet
Peter Ablinger, Wachstum und Massenmord
Alex Mincek, String Quartet No. 3 “lift-tilt-filter-split”


Horaţiu Rădulescu, String Quartet No. 5 “before the universe was born”

Micah Silver

The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe) and “viscerally exciting performances” (The New York Times). David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed their performance to be “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.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on commissioning and performing new works, and the quartet has worked closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtág, among others. JACK also offers fresh interpretations of early music, including works by Don Carlo Gesualdo, Guillaume de Machaut, and Josquin des Prez.

JACK Quartet
Studio 2
December 9, 2011, 8PM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA