Sunday, February 14 at 2pm
“…dramatic power with subtle nuance and depth of emotion.”
"…played…with biting force and zesty snap pizzicatos."
- The Strad
Named a 2013 CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble, PUBLIQuartet's creative, interactive programming brings a fresh perspective to the classical music scene. Drawing on jazz, world, and electro-acoustic influences, PUBLIQuartet pairs music from the classical repertoire with contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the string quartet.
PUBLIQuartet’s original program, MIND|THE|GAP, was developed in 2011 to generate an interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences. Intertwining compositions from seemingly disparate genres, their “ingenious, freewheeling hybrids” (STRAD magazine) touch on deeper connections between traditional, modern and popular music through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been proclaimed as “remarkable” and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” (Feast of Music). The ensemble was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Symphony Magazine as “Leaders of the New School” for their “audacious rearranging of beloved masterworks.” Along with string quartet composition, MIND|THE|GAP features a collaboration with hip-hop poetry trio, The Mighty Third Rail entitled Changing Night. This classical/hip-hop mash-up is a contemporary take on the Garden of Eden tale inspired by the music György Ligeti. The premiere of this work was presented by Symphony Space and subsequently through the PUBLIC Theater, at the LaMama Experimental Theater in New York City.
In 2014, PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is designed to promote composers at the most formative point in their careers and presents under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire in a variety of styles; from classical, jazz, electronic, to non-notated, world, and improvised music. In its first two years, the program has received over 250 submissions from composers across the U.S. PQ recently recorded these works on their debut album, and every PUBLIQuartet concert highlights at least one PUBLIQ Access composition, bringing exposure of this music to the widest possible reach.
The group performs in a diverse range of venues - from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to Rockwood Music Hall and Cornelia Street Cafe. Recent concerts have been presented by American Composers Orchestra, Bargemusic, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Hobart William Smith Colleges, and Fordham University.
PUBLIQuartet has collaborated with members of ICE, composer/violist Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, bandoneonist JP Jofre, jazz tuba legend Bob Stewart, and jazz clarinetist and composer Don Byron. The ensemble has worked with members of the Muir, Julliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Toyko, American, and Brentano String Quartets and with composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. Residencies include the Julliard String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival's "Emerging Quartets and Composers" program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Banff Centre. The members of the quartet are graduates from Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music.
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PQ performs Voodoo Dolls by composer Jessie Montgomery
February 10, 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
Sunday, February 14 at 2pm
EDITH KUTZ THEATER of the Lackland Center
715 Grand Ave.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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