Spektral Quartet – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – June 12th, 2016
Spektral Quartet

Frequency Series Presents

Spektral Quartet

Sun, June 12, 2016

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

Spektral Quartet
Spektral Quartet
The Spektral Quartet wraps its 2015/16 Chicago season in characteristically effusive and boisterous fashion with YACHT ROCK. Dispatched at new-music incubator Constellation, the program celebrates three new and recent works by composers Mikel Kuehn, Sam Pluta (world premiere), and Tomás Gueglio-Saccone and offers a sonic birthday cake for minimalist founding-father Steve Reich, who turned 80 this year, with his “Triple Quartet.”

Written for the Kronos Quartet in 1999, the “Triple Quartet” comprises live string quartet performing with two pre-recorded quartets and lives in a mysterious, if animated, landscape. The angsty first movement, languid second movement, and tonally temperamental third movement were inspired by the fervor of Bartók’s fourth quartet, amplified here by the multiplication of voices and the delirious counterpoint made possible as a result of it.

The hocketing of voices is also at the center of Gueglio-Saccone’s “Decals II,” but in very different territory than the Reich. Scrapes and plunks of extended techniques provide an ornamentation from which a lullaby emerges, with each note of the melody passed gracefully throughout the ensemble.

Bowling Green State University professor of composition Mikel Kuehn found himself captivated by Italo Calvino’s beautifully disorienting novel “If on a winter’s night, a traveler” when writing his first string quartet, a Spektral Quartet commission. A work of patient beauty, this mesmeric score traces the ten stories-within-the-story that frame Cavalo’s literary experiment.

NYC-based Sam Pluta is perhaps best known for his use of electronics in his instrumental music, but for his Spektral Quartet commission, “binary/momentary logics: flow state/joy state,” the composer goes acoustic while preserving elements of technologically-modified sounds. A perfect send-off for the close of the season, Pluta refers to this super-charged work as “pretty much full-on the whole time,” and the Constellation audience is in for one wild romp.

Clara Lyon and Austin Wulliman - violins
Doyle Armbrust - viola
Russell Rolen - cello

“The quartet proved that they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily [and] a capacity to make complicated music clear…” - The New York Times

Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618