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John Zorn's Complete String Quartets Lincoln Center, July 20, 2013 — Program and Performers: Necronomicon — JACK Quartet The Dead Man — JACK Quartet Cat O'Nine Tails — JACK Quartet Mememto Mori — Alchemy Quartet The Alchemist — Alchemy Quartet Kol Nidre — JACK Quartet, Alchemy Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider If like me you spent July of 1990 listening to Naked City on crummy headphones [1], alone on the floor of your room, wondering how anyone could create something at once so flailing mad and anally precise, then like me you may not have predicted finding yourself twenty-four years later purchasing tickets, dressing up, and taking a date to Lincoln Center to watch a performance of string quartets composed by the same John … [Read more...]

Modern Commitment to the Present and Past

JACK Quartet, SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) – Chamber Music in Historic Sites, 13 February 2011 In this uncommonly vibrant and relevant program of contrasts and collisions, the New York-based JACK Quartet demonstrated thrilling engagement with music from the medieval, Renaissance, and 20th century periods. When one considers the extensive list of string quartet composers, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, and Schoenberg, it is even more impressive that the JACK Quartet began the concert with three arrangements of songs originally written for unaccompanied voices by 14th-century master Guillaume de Machaut. These settings, by quartet member Ari Streisfeld, gave the intricate polyphony of Machaut … [Read more...]