2017-2018 NYC Season


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.


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.


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.


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.


December 18, 2017

StoneFest at The New School ・ 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 and is closing out the year with a three-day StoneFest! JACK will open the second evening with Brian Ferneyhough's Dum Transisset, Natacha Diels’ Nightmare for JACK (a ballet), and a new work by our very own Christopher Otto.


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.

UPDATE: We've added a second performance! Showtimes are 7PM & 9:30PM.


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.


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.


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.


May 7, 2018

Music Mondays ・ New York, New York

JACK teams up with long-time collaborator Derek Bermel for a program of his works including his clarinet quintet A Short History of the Universe (composed for JACK in 2013), his string quartet Intonations (composed for JACK in 2016), Coming Together for clarinet and cello, and more.