2017-2018 Full Season

 

September 26, 2017

Princeton Sound Kitchen ・ Princeton, New Jersey

JACK’s artistic engine is fueled by work with emerging artists from the world’s most forward-thinking composition programs. JACK returns to Princeton Sound Kitchen to premiere new music by Gemma Peacocke, Christopher Douthitt, and Eric Cha-Beach. BUT THERE’S MORE! The quartet teams up with Sō Percussion for a preview performance of Dan Trueman’s octet-in-progress, Songs That Are Hard to Sing (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition), slated for its premiere at Carnegie Hall in March 2018.

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September 30–October 8, 2017

Barnes Ensemble Festival ・ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected by JACK through a competitive audition process, twenty of the most inventive young professional string players in the world gather at the incomparable Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for the inaugural Barnes Ensemble Festival. Following our mission to foster the next generation of performers, these young phenoms work closely with JACK, music director Robert Whalen, and composers-in-residence Chaya Czernowin and Eric Wubbels on the preparation and performance of new music for strings. Performances include works by Zosha Di Castri, Ruth Crawford Seeger, György Ligeti, and Clara Iannotta’s mesmerizing dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii).

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October 13, 2017

San Francisco Performances ・ San Francisco, California

Following years of collaboration, JACK reunites with cellist Joshua Roman for a program featuring works created for our ensemble, including Jefferson Friedman’s Quintet, madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo (arranged by JACK founder Ari Streisfeld), and Josh Roman’s newly-composed wonder, Tornado. The concert also features Amy Williams’ dynamic string quartet Richter Textures and John Zorn’s monstrous cello duo shred fest, Ouroboros.

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October 19, 2017

Miller Theatre ・ New York, New York

The first of a two-concert series called Soundscape America, JACK showcases works by maverick American composers who have redefined what a string quartet can be. The program features Erin Gee’s shimmering Mouthpiece XXII, Mark Applebaum’s whimsical Darmstadt Kindergarten, Elliott Carter’s groundbreaking String Quartet No. 2, works by Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman’s Structures, and Cenk Ergün’s explosive Sonare, commissioned by Chamber Music America in 2016.

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October 21, 2017

Miller Theatre ・ New York, New York

Soundscape America continues showcasing free-thinking American composers with a second program featuring Gloria Coates’ String Quartet No. 8 (her rarely performed reaction to the events of September 11, 2001), Ruth Crawford Seeger’s visionary String Quartet from 1931, Natacha Diels’ doll-head-turning Nightmare for JACK (a ballet), Marcos Balter’s intimate Chambers, and John Zorn’s epic bow hair shredder, Necronomicon.

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October 27, 2017

University of Missouri ・ Columbia, Missouri

Continuing JACK’s collaboration with Carolina Heredia on her powerful Ausencias/Ausências/Absences (commissioned by the Fromm Foundation in 2016), the quartet journeys to the University of Missouri to develop and perform an expanded version of the work on a program with Marcos Balter’s elegant Chambers and John Zorn’s terrifyingly epic Necronomicon.

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November 1, 2017

Jazz Fest Sarajevo ・ Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

JACK goes on tour with John Zorn! One of our nearest and dearest collaborators, Zorn has created a rich and evolving culture around his work, bringing artists together from every corner of the music community to perform marathon concerts of his music around the globe. JACK joins this posse in Sarajevo to perform Zorn’s fire-breathing Necronomicon, his newest (and quietest) quartet The Unseen, and The Obscure Object of Desire with pianist Stephen Gosling.

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November 4, 2017

November Music ・ 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

JACK journeys on with John Zorn to the Netherlands, where we perform at the venerable new music hub, November Music. Our program features Zorn’s epic Necronomicon, his freshest quartet The Unseen, and The Obscure Object of Desire with pianist superstar Stephen Gosling.

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November 5, 2017

Soundsofmusic ・ Groningen, Netherlands

The last time JACK was in in Groningen, we slept on a houseboat with a warm stove and bunk beds. We return with houseboat-warming gifts in hand: a program of works by fiercely adventurous American composers including Erin Gee’s magnetic Mouthpiece XXII, a John Zorn double feature (his Necronomicon and The Unseen), Gloria Coates’ expansive String Quartet No. 8, and Julia Wolfe’s relentless Early that Summer.

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November 6, 2017

Philharmonie Luxembourg ・ Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Iannis Xenakis is unquestionably one of JACK’s patron saints. We return to the adventurous Luxembourg Philharmonie with a full program of Xenakis’ elegantly sculpted (albeit rough) music, including ST/4-1,060268 (generated by a room-size IBM computer in 1968), Tetras (performed by JACK more than any other work), and Tetora (commonly referred to as “the pretty one”) as well as his powerhouse string trio, Ikhoor.

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November 13–17, 2017

University of Iowa ・ Iowa City, Iowa

Since 2009, JACK has partnered with the University of Iowa's Center for New Music and String Quartet Residency Program, where we coach chamber ensembles, present lectures on approaching contemporary music, and work closely with composition students on a program of new works written for the occasion. We also instruct students on how to transition from school to the professional realm—marketing themselves as individual artists, forming ensembles, and starting music businesses. JACK concludes the week with a concert featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s Renaissance-inspired Dum Transisset, visiting composer Marcos Balter’s Chambers, Gloria Coates’ meditative String Quartet No. 8, and Elliott Carter’s game-changing String Quartet No. 2.

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November 18, 2017

Open Source Music: Extended Play ・ New York, New York

Open Source Music: Extended Play explores the groundbreaking phenomenon of open source through performances, new compositions, remixing, and collaboration. Founded by pianist and Artistic Director Joel Fan, the event crosses boundaries of contemporary and electronic music including performances by JACK, Tigue, Jeffrey Zeigler, and electronic luminaries Teengirl Fantasy and ADR. JACK will premiere a new work by our resident violinist/composer, Christopher Otto.

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November 19, 2017

New Music on the Point in NYC ・ New York, New York

JACK’s signature educational endeavor is New Music on the Point, where we spend two magical weeks in Vermont each June working with fifty emerging performers and composers on the preparation and performance of thirty new works. In advance of the festival’s eighth summer, the growing NMOP community invites you to a no-frills party in New York at Gallery MC with performances, drinks, and activities to give us some summer camp warmth as we face the winter.

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November 29, 2017

University of California San Diego ・ La Jolla, California

Following JACK's recent premiere of Rand Steiger’s string octet alongside the Arditti Quartet, we return to UCSD to premiere a new quartet version of the work in addition to another new work by Rand, outfitted with his signature live electronics. The program showcases works by the UCSD community, including Natacha Diels’ horrific Nightmare for JACK (a ballet) and Mark Applebaum’s deliciously deadpan Darmstadt Kindergarten.

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November 30, 2017

University of California San Diego ・ La Jolla, California

In 2014, JACK was hanging out with composer Roger Reynolds in Iowa and had a vision to develop a collaborative work focused on the history of humankind’s aspiration to fly. Three years later, following dozens of workshops and performances, the quartet teams up with Ross Karre (video), Kyle Johnson (video), and Paul Hembree (electronics) to present Roger Reynolds’ fully-staged, multimedia concert spectacular, FLiGHT.

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December 7, 2017

Duke Performances ・ Durham, North Carolina

The first of two concerts showcasing works by maverick American composers who have redefined what a string quartet can be, JACK returns to Duke Performances with a program featuring Gloria Coates’ String Quartet No. 8 (her rarely performed reaction to the events of September 11, 2001), Ruth Crawford Seeger’s visionary String Quartet from 1931, Natacha Diels’ doll-head-turning Nightmare for JACK (a ballet), Marcos Balter’s intimate Chambers, and John Zorn’s epic bow hair shredder, Necronomicon.

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December 18, 2017

The Stone ・ New York, New York

In 2005, John Zorn opened The Stone on the lower east side of Manhattan to be a home for experimental and avant garde music. In 2017, The Stone moved to the New School’s Glass Box Theater, where Zorn curates a festival from December 17–19. JACK performs an hour-long set featuring new works that we haven’t yet performed at home in New York.

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December 21, 2017

National Sawdust ・ Brooklyn, New York

Years of collaboration with composer Georg Friedrich Haas on his unique harmonic language, particularly on the performance of his third quartet performed in utter darkness, have resulted in his String Quartet No. 9, also performed in complete blackout. JACK returns to National Sawdust on the winter solstice to give the US premiere of this mystical exploration of darkness.

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January 19, 2018

Stanford University ・ Stanford, California

JACK’s artistic engine is fueled by work with emerging artists from the world’s most forward-thinking composition programs. The quartet spends a jam-packed week at Stanford University working closely with graduate composers from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics on the development, recording, and performance of six new works for string quartet.

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January 20, 2018

Stanford University ・ Stanford, California

British composer Brian Ferneyhough, who has spent his storied career arming performers with the most demanding and explosively expressive music imaginable, is retiring from his long tenure at Stanford University. JACK contributes to a farewell celebration with his Renaissance-inspired Dum Transisset.

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January 27, 2018

Gulbenkian Música ・ Lisbon, Portugal

JACK gives the world premiere of a major new work by Brooklyn-based composer (and close friend) Andreia Pinto-Correia on a program with Iannis Xenakis’ virtuosically explosive Tetras (commissioned by the Gulbenkian in 1983) and Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 9, performed in complete and utter darkness.

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February 1, 2018

Winnipeg New Music Festival ・ Winnipeg, Canada

Making our Winnipeg debut, JACK performs a program featuring Sabrina Schroeder’s subtle Slip Trains (written for JACK in 2011), Brian Ferneyhough’s intricate Dum Transisset, Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 9 performed in blackout, and the world premiere of Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 8, co-commissioned by the Winnipeg New Music Festival and Carnegie Hall for Glass’ 80th birthday.

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February 2, 2018

Winnipeg New Music Festival ・ Winnipeg, Canada

Joining forces with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, JACK performs French legend Pascal Dusapin’s rarely heard Quatuor VI, “Hinterland, hapax” for string quartet and orchestra.

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February 20, 2018

Boston University ・ Boston, Massachusetts

JACK returns to Boston University, to perform featured composer Liza Lim’s hypnotically sensual work, The Weaver's Knot, as well as Brian Ferneyhough’s Dum Transisset, a new work by Andreia Pinto-Correia, Marcos Balter’s whistle-worthy Chambers, and Elliott Carter’s powerhouse String Quartet No. 2.

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February 22, 2018

Boston University ・ Boston, Massachusetts

JACK has a long history with Boston University’s Center for New Music, where, through annual workshops, we work with graduate composition students on the development and performance of new works written for the quartet. Following intensive rehearsals, JACK performs a full program of these fresh scores.

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February 25, 2018

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society ・ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

JACK continues our collaboration with New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, this time performing Derek Bermel’s A Short History of the Universe (as related by Nima Arkani-Hamed) (premiered by JACK with the composer in 2014) on a program with Ruth Crawford Seeger’s visionary String Quartet, Marcos Balter’s intimate Chambers, and Elliott Carter’s influential String Quartet No. 2.

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March 1, 2018

Princeton University ・ Princeton, New Jersey

Sō Percussion invites JACK to join them on stage at Princeton University, where they are the ensemble-in-residence, to give a preview performance of Dan Trueman's new octet, Songs That Are Hard to Sing (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition), slated for premiere at Carnegie Hall later in the month.

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March 6, 2018

Carnegie Hall ・ New York, New York

Following years of development and workshops, JACK joins Sō Percussion for the world premiere of Dan Trueman’s Songs That Are Hard to Sing (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition) on a program with the American premiere of Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 8 (co-commissioned by the Winnipeg New Music Festival and Carnegie Hall for Glass’ 80th birthday) and a new work written for Sō Percussion by Donnacha Dennehy.

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March 22–24, 2018

Internationales Musikfestival Heidelberger ・ Heidelberg, Germany

JACK returns to Heidelberg, where we were last featured in the 2015 Streichquartettfest, this time for the International Music Festival featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s storied Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte with piano powerhouse Igor Levit as well as music from JACK’s spring repertoire.

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April 3, 2018

Columbia Composers ・ New York, New York

JACK’s artistic engine is fueled by work with emerging artists from the world’s most forward-thinking composition programs. In particular, we relish the opportunity to work with composers at Columbia University, who continue pushing JACK to redefine what a string can be. This year's concert happens at uptown’s venerable Symphony Space.

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April 11, 2018

Wigmore Hall ・ London, United Kingdom

JACK returns to London’s beloved Wigmore Hall with a program featuring Marcos Balter’s whistle-worthy Chambers, Amy Williams’ colorful Richter Textures, Brian Ferneyhough’s Renaissance-inspired Dum Transisset, and the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s String Quartet No. 3.

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April 13, 2018

Neue & unentdeckte Musik ・ Baden, Switzerland

JACK hops down to northern Switzerland, where Neue & unentdeckte Musik hosts a performance showcasing Marcos Balter’s whistle-worthy Chambers, Amy Williams’ colorful Richter Textures, Brian Ferneyhough’s Renaissance-inspired Dum Transisset, and the Swiss premiere of Julian Anderson’s String Quartet No. 3.

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April 14, 2018

Südwestrundfunk ・ Edenkoben, Germany

JACK journeys to western Germany, where SWR hosts an intimate performance featuring Marcos Balter’s whistle-worthy Chambers, Amy Williams’ colorful Richter Textures, Brian Ferneyhough’s Renaissance-inspired Dum Transisset, and the German premiere of Julian Anderson’s String Quartet No. 3.

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April 16, 2018

Omaha Chamber Music Society ・ Omaha, Nebraska

Following years of collaboration, JACK reunites with cellist Joshua Roman for a program featuring works created for our ensemble, including Jefferson Friedman’s Quintet, madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo (arranged by JACK founder Ari Streisfeld), and Josh Roman’s newly-composed wonder, Tornado. The concert also features Amy Williams’ dynamic string quartet Richter Textures and John Zorn’s monstrous cello duo shred fest, Ouroboros.

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April 18, 2018

Interlochen Center for the Arts ・ Interlochen, Michigan

Following years of collaboration, JACK reunites with cellist Joshua Roman for a program featuring works created for our ensemble, including Jefferson Friedman’s Quintet, madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo (arranged by JACK founder Ari Streisfeld), and Josh Roman’s newly-composed wonder, Tornado. The concert also features Amy Williams’ dynamic string quartet Richter Textures and John Zorn’s monstrous cello duo shred fest, Ouroboros.

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April 21, 2018

Lawrence University ・ Appleton, Wisconsin

Following years of collaboration, JACK reunites with cellist Joshua Roman for a program featuring works created for our ensemble, including Jefferson Friedman’s Quintet, madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo (arranged by JACK founder Ari Streisfeld), and Josh Roman’s newly-composed wonder, Tornado. The concert also features Amy Williams’ dynamic string quartet Richter Textures and John Zorn’s monstrous cello duo shred fest, Ouroboros.

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April 22, 2018

Northwestern University ・ Evanston, Illinois

JACK makes its first visit to NUNC!, Northwestern University’s annual new music conference and festival, where composers, performers, theorists, musicologists, and more participate in a weekend of concerts, presentations, workshops, reading sessions, and masterclasses. JACK reads and performs works by applicant composers in addition to performing the freshest music from our vault.

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April 26, 2018

Duke Performances ・ Durham, North Carolina

Complementing our December program in Durham featuring maverick American composers, JACK showcases Erin Gee’s shimmering Mouthpiece XXII, Mark Applebaum’s whimsical Darmstadt Kindergarten, Elliott Carter’s groundbreaking String Quartet No. 3, works by Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman’s Structures, and Philip Glass’ fresh String Quartet No. 8, co-commissioned by the Winnipeg New Music Festival and Carnegie Hall for Glass’ 80th birthday.

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April 29, 2018

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert ・ New York, New York

For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local community organizations to bring outstanding music to neighborhoods from the tip of Brooklyn to the top of the Bronx. JACK ventures uptown to Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church in Washington Heights to perform a program showcasing works by maverick American composers who have redefined what a string quartet can be.

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May 10, 2018

Town Hall Seattle ・ Seattle, Washington

Following years of collaboration, JACK reunites with cellist Joshua Roman for a program featuring works created for our ensemble, including Jefferson Friedman’s Quintet, madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo (arranged by JACK founder Ari Streisfeld), and Josh Roman’s newly-composed wonder, Tornado. The concert also features Amy Williams’ dynamic string quartet Richter Textures and John Zorn’s monstrous cello duo shred fest, Ouroboros.

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May 17, 2018

New Music Gathering ・ Boston, Massachusetts

The New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference (and celebration) dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support, and creation of new concert music. This year's gathering happens at Boston Conservatory at Berklee from May 17–19, and JACK, in addition to partaking in new music mayhem and hilarity, is leaping to the stage on opening night to perform the freshest music from our vault.

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May 19, 2018

Harvard University ・ Cambridge, Massachusetts

JACK’s artistic engine is fueled by work with emerging artists from the world’s most forward-thinking composition programs. JACK teams up with our dear friends, the Mivos Quartet, to develop and perform a program of new string octets by the inquisitive and fearless composers in the Harvard Group for New Music.

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