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I’m wearing the vintage dress I was given by a grateful concertgoer

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From our string quartet diarist, Anthea Kreston: It always feels like a month has passed between my weekly writings and, as I start to write, it is as if I could pick from a fistful of events which have occurred in these past seven, long days. Last Friday I played a Quartet house concert (our […]

A Helena Tulve moment

Und von liehte vinster, for bassoon and string quartet (2012), takes its title from the Middle High German of Meister Eckhart: "On earth, this entrance [to divine nature] is nothing but pure detachment, and when the detachment reaches its climax,...

I’m playing in Daniel Barenboim’s kindergarten

Our string quartet diarist Anthea Kreston covers Berlin wall to Wall: As with all of our intense rehearsal periods, our final rehearsals are bursting with last-minute requests. Thoughts which have come to one or another of us while asleep, during our busy days, in snippets of remembered lessons with our teachers during our formative years, […]

A violinist emerges from Turkey’s crackdown

From our string quartet diarist, Anthea Kreston:     I recently reconnected with an old friend, a Turkish violinist I studied with many years ago with the Emerson Quartet. Here we both were, years later in Munch, with partners, kids, a host of musical and life experiences behind us, and yet the comfort and security […]

Robert Mann: A musical revolutionary on par with Cage, Bernstein, Callas and Gould

2 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

Robert Mann once explained in an interview that, zealously fired up after founding the Juilliard String Quartet in 1946, he went so far as to obtain an orgone accumulator. It wasn’t enough that the feisty young ensemble already exhibited an explosive energy the likes of which had never been imagined...

Violinist Robert Mann, 97, Founder Of Juilliard String Quartet

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Conceived in 1946, the Juilliard quartet gave its first official performance the next year. Besides Mr. Mann, the original roster included the second violinist Robert Koff, the violist Raphael Hillyer and the cellist Arthur Winograd. Mr. Mann - for decades the quartet's de facto spokesman, institutional memory and 'resident spark plug,' as the Chicago Tribune […]

America loses a string quartet master, aged 97

The violinist Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet in 1946 (with Robert Koff, Raphael Hillyer and Arthur Winograd) and its first violin until his retirement in 1997, died on New Year’s Day. The quartet gave 5,000 recitals, made many recordings and premiered 100 new works. Mann, who hailed from Portland, Oregon, also had an independent recording […]

The Dillinger Escape Plan played their final shows at T5 (videos, setlists, night 3 review)

Guests over the course of the three nights included Mike Patton, former members Dmitri Minakakis and Brian Benoit, and string quartet Seven)Suns. Continue reading…

Best Chamber Recording 2017

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Terry Riley and Stefano Scodanibbio The Dark Queen Mantra Del Sol String Quartet; Gyan Riley, guitar Sono Luminus   On this Sono Luminus CD, Terry Riley’s chamber works are superlatively performed by Del Sol String Quartet. Joined on the title piece by the composer’s son, guitarist Gyan Riley, the group navigates an array of rhythms, […]

Watch Out United Breaks Guitars This String Quartet Serenades British Airways Over Lost Luggage

We all know what happened when musician Dave Carroll checked his guitar on a United flight. The Chiaroscuro String Quartet checked bags with British Airways. And they’re honoring British Airways for the fine job they did in a very droll British fashion. Continue reading Watch Out United Breaks Guitars This String Quartet Serenades British Airways Over Lost Luggage...

The Violent Forms of Alexander Calder And Cady Noland

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

The dialogue among four works — two by each artist — ?suggests? a dissonant string quartet? ?as each ?piece asserts its distinctive timbre and range. The post The Violent Forms of Alexander Calder And Cady Noland appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Parallel geniuses? Composer mashes up Beethoven and Kanye

last monthArts : Artdaily

The orchestra charges into the furious opening notes from the last movement of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14. A drum-set kicks in, giving way to a new melody. The violins are still in charge. But suddenly the theme isn't Beethoven but a symphonic take on "On Sight," the abrasive starting salvo of Kanye West's "Yeezus" album. Show More Summary

How the heck does a string quartet survive?

Three international string quartets announced changes of personnel this week, always a massive disruption in any tight-knit group.  It so happens that our diarist Anthea Kreston, violinist in a celebrated Berlin-based quartet has been furrowing her brow over these very issues as the winter break approaches. Here are her hard-earned survival tips:   How does […]

An international string quartet shuts down after 20 years

The Enso quartet has decided that this will be their final season. The news is buried in a PR-tweaked announcement of a player replacement: The Ens? String Quartet is excited to announce that Susie Park has joined the quartet for the 2017-18 season. For those not familiar with Susie’s playing, she is the outstanding former member of the Eroica […]

Gay ‘Well Strung’ Duo to Compete on ‘The Amazing Race’ — WATCH

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant, two members of the gay string quartet Well Strung (featured many times here on Towleroad) are competing on Season 30 (!) of The Amazing Race. Producers introduced the cast today in a series of videos. Host Phil Keo… Read The post Gay ‘Well Strung’ Duo to Compete on ‘The Amazing Race’ — WATCH appeared first on Towleroad.

Why did my whole family make music their career?

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From our string quartet diarist, Anthea Kreston:   Being from a musical family, and married to a musical family, we are a bunch of entrepreneurs and road warriors. Between Jason and I, and including siblings and spouses and parents, we number 2 violinists, 2 violists, 3 cellists, a pianist and a French Hornist. If you […]

Watch: Beethoven’s 7th played by viola quintet

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet has found an 1816 arrangement for viola quintet of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and gave its first modern performance this summer at the Heifetz Institute – rearranged for two violas, two violins and cello. It’s weirdly effective. Watch.

Our string quartet has sleepovers in a Schloss

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From our diarist Anthea Kreston: I am resting up between rehearsal and concert – snuggled into a comfortable bed, fluffy white duvet atop, knobby chunky blanket covering my feet. We have returned to the private castle in Brussels, owned by our Quartet tax man, a hearty and happy man who loves classical music and a […]

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