JACK Quartet (violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland) collaborated with EMPAC’s audio and video teams while in residence to finish their recording of Helmut Lachenmann’s complete string quartets. At the residency’s conclusion, the JACK Quartet presented a performance in two acts. The first featured three pieces (by Earle Brown, Peter Ablinger, and Alex Mincek) spanning the 1960s to the present that played with conventions of music notation and performance. The second act featured Horat,iu Radulescu’s haunting 30-minute String Quartet No. 5, before the universe was born from the 1990s. JACK Quartet commissions and performs new works, working closely with composers in the US and Europe, and touring extensively. JACK also offers fresh interpretations of early music, including works by Don Carlo Gesualdo, Guillaume de Machaut, and Josquin des Prez.
EARLE BROWN String Quartet
PETER ABLINGER Wachstum und Massenmord
HORATIU RADULESCU before the universe was born
ALEX MINCEK String Quartet No. 3 lift-tilt-filter-split
December 9, 2011
Complete String Quartets by Helmut Lachenmann, JACK Quartert, audio recorded and produced by EMPAC, released by Mode Records