JACK Quartet & Simon Steen-Andersen

Run Time Error

A composed program for strings, prepared bows, joysticks, whammy pedal, and video

 

"...a dazzlingly off-the-wall evening of music, video and performance art..." –New York Times (full review)

"...soldiered heroically through the musical boot camp Steen-Andersen had arranged for them." –Vulture (full review)

 

What if music wasn't just heard, but seen? Simon Steen-Andersen's innovative compositions blur the line between contemporary music and performance art. In his video work Run Time Error, he blazes a musical trail through the theater's backstage spaces, making the building itself sing by playing the furniture, walls, plumbing—whatever crosses his path. JACK joins Andersen for a nonstop theatrical experience. The performance employs whammy pedals, outlandishly modified bows, and video projections, subverting the concert experience and creating a musical performance that is as much about sight as it is about sound.

PROGRAM

Run Time Error version 1 (joystick-controlled video featuring JACK) 8 min
Study for String Instrument #1 (version for string quartet) 6 min
Obstruction Study #1 (video featuring JACK) 3 min
Study for String Instrument #2 (version for string trio and whammy pedal) 6 min
Obstruction Study #2 (video featuring JACK) 3 min
String Quartet No. 2 (JACK with prepared and amplified bows) 14 min SAMPLE 1 SAMPLE 2
Half a Bit of Nothing Integrated (JACK & Simon Steen-Andersen with video) 5 min
Obstruction Study #3 (video featuring JACK) 3 min
Study for String Instrument #3 (solo cello and video) 5 min
Run Time Error version 2 (joystick-controlled video featuring JACK) 8 min