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JACK Quartet Frontiers Festival: Concert 1

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Jack Frontiers is a new annual series of concerts featuring recently commissioned works by JACK QUARTET Mannes School of Music's newest ensemble-in-residence.

This concert series is the vehicle for JACK Quartet to bring distinctive voices that challenge the norms of concert music into conversation with audiences. Crafted through years of close collaborative relationships and designed to bring new perspectives into the spotlight, JACK Frontiers introduces dynamic creators to our community and expands the notion of what a string quartet can be.

The inaugural concerts showcase the culmination of four commissioning projects from artists re-thinking musical structure and crafting resoundingly imaginative musical palates.

The 2019 JACK Frontiers composer-collaborators are Lester St. Louis, Clara Iannotta, Tyshawn Sorey, and Catherine Lamb.

The first concert in the series will feature the world premiere of Catherine Lamb's divisio spiralis.

Catherine Lamb deftly embodies both the musical yogi and the technically-advanced researcher; her sonic meditations cut through the superficial skin of the moment and dive into a new understanding of time and harmonic space. A student of Hindustani Classical Music and the West Coast experimentalism of James Tenney and Michael Pisaro, Lamb explores the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. To be present for her durational, meditative works is to have explored a state of being outside our modern onslaught. Her newest quartet has been made possible with a generous commission by Chamber Music America.

Hosted by the College of Performing Arts at The New School. 

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College of Performing Arts, Mannes School of Music





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