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JACK Quartet Announces its 2018-19 Season

JACK Quartet Announces its 2018-19 Season

The new music ensemble continues to perform in major venues across North America, the UK, and Europe, including their debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, a return to Wigmore Hall, and more

Performances include music by more than 16 contemporary and living composers and a special focus on the works of John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, Chaya Czernowin, and the complete quartets of Elliott Carter to be performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and NYC’s Morgan Library

New York performances include at the Catacombs of the Green-Wood Cemetery on September 24, 92Y’s innovative Soundspace Series on November 9, Guggenheim Museum on November 29 and 30, Bronx Community College on March 6, Miller Theatre on March 7 and 28, and Morgan Library on April 13

JACK continues their commitment to education, with residencies at Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, New York University, Duke University, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Iowa

May 2019 sees the completion of a years-long research project with the University of Washington in Seattle, in which the quartet wore EEG brain helmets to research ways in which brain waves can interact with live electronic music, culminating in a performance at Seattle’s Meany Hall

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For immediate release - New York, NY - The JACK Quartet is excited to announce their 2018–19 concert season, taking them to 27 cities in 9 countries across 2 continents, performing numerous world premieres from a diverse selection of composers. The new music ensemble will continue to grow their presence in the UK and Europe with their debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, a return to Wigmore Hall in the UK, and concerts in Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The rest of the season will be in North America with performances in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States, including 9 educational residencies. 

With world premieres by Cristina García Islas, Michel Roth, John Zorn, Miya Masaoka, Richard Karpen, Juan Pampin, and dozens of student composers, the JACK Quartet is set to feature a diverse body of new work. Performances will include works by Zosha Di Castri, Sabrina Schroeder, Liza Lim, Marcos Balter, and Andreia Pinto Correia, along with a special focus on the works of John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, Chaya Czernowin, and the complete quartets of Elliott Carter. 

New York City Concerts
The JACK Quartet will appear frequently throughout their 2018–19 series in their hometown of New York City. In their first concert for the five boroughs this season, the ensemble will play their Modern Medieval program, centering on John Zorn’s The Alchemist, in the Catacombs of the Green-Wood Cemetery on September 24. Works by Zorn will also be featured in the quartet’s performances at the Guggenheim Museum with pianist Stephen Gosling on November 29 and 30, and Miller Theatre on March 7 and 28. The Morgan Library will host one of the ensemble’s two performances of Elliott Carter’s complete string quartets.

Other New York City performances include the world premieres of works by Christopher Otto and Miya Masaoka at the Bronx Community College on March 6, as well as the New York premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s Everything Changes, Nothing Changes following its world premiere at Banff in the summer of 2018. The JACK Quartet will also premiere a number of new student works during educational residencies at Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, and New York University.

October Tour
In late October, the JACK Quartet will travel on a tour across Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland premiering local composers at each stop. These premieres will include works by Sabrina Schroeder at Vancouver New Music, Cristina Garcia Islas at Mexico City’s Festival Vértice, and Michel Roth at Switzerland’s Kammermusik Basel. The quartet’s programs for this tour will also include John Zorn’s The Alchemist, György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2, Andreia Pinto-Correia’s String Quartet No. 1 “Unvanquished Space,” and Zosha Di Castri’s String Quartet No. 1

November Tour
The JACK Quartet will return to Europe in November for a tour including their Berlin Philharmonie debut and the world premiere of John Zorn’s Nachtraglichkeit. The tour will begin on November 3 with a concert at the Musée d‘Art et d’Histoire in Fribourg, Switzerland, followed by a special program devoted to John Zorn on November 5 at November Music in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. This program will include Zorn’s The Alchemist, Zeitgehoft, and Ouroboros, and will conclude with the world premiere of Nachtraglichkeit

The ensemble’s Berlin Philharmonie debut on November 6 will feature Zosha Di Castri’s String Quartet No. 1, Morton Feldman’s Structures, Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 3, Liza Lim’s The Weaver's Knot, and Iannis Xenakis’s Tetras. The tour will conclude in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the Slowind Music Society on November 7. 

Elliott Carter Quartets
Returning to London’s Wigmore Hall on April 6, the JACK Quartet will perform the complete quartets of Elliott Carter, in a special program to be repeated on April 13 at New York City’s Morgan Library & Museum. Having been composed over the course of almost 50 years from 1951 to 1995, Carter’s five string quartets are shining examples of compositional technique in contemporary classical music and are infamous for their difficulty. The JACK Quartet will present all five quartets back-to-back during these unique 3-hour performances featuring double intermissions. 

Educational Residencies
Continuing their commitment to education in the arts, the JACK Quartet will collaborate with 7 colleges and universities throughout the 2018–19 season. The ensemble will premiere new works by student composers during artistic residencies at Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, New York University, Duke University, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Iowa.

This season marks the 10th consecutive year of appearances at the University of Iowa for the JACK Quartet. Along with performing at the university from December 5–7, the ensemble will work with young composers from March 11–13 in their residency, premiering new works and providing students with invaluable insights into writing for string quartets. Their December concert series will include works by Andreia Pinto-Correia, Elliott Carter, Zosha Di Castri, and György Ligeti. 

University of Washington Research
To close out their 2018–19 season, the JACK Quartet will premiere a new concert-length work resulting from a year-long research collaboration with the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. Throughout 2016–17, the ensemble worked with Juan Pampin, Richard Karpen, and other researchers in the program to collect brain data associated with performing, listening to, or reading music. This data, along with data gathered from other performers, will be used to generate new music, bringing the study full circle at the premiere concerts in May of 2019. 

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2018-19 Season Dates

September 8, 2018 — Chicago, IL (Art Institute of Chicago)
John Zorn: The Unseen 
        
September 17–20, 2018 — Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
Research with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin    
        
September 24, 2018 — Brooklyn, NY (Green-Wood Cemetery)    
Modern Medieval
Rodericus: Angelorum Psalat arranged by Christopher Otto
Marcos Balter: Chambers
Solage: Fumeux fume par fumee arranged by Christopher Otto
Chaya Czernowin: String Quartet
Thomas Morley: Christes Cross arranged by Christopher Otto
John Zorn: The Alchemist
        
October 18, 2018 — Vancouver, Canada (Vancouver New Music)    
John Zorn: The Alchemist
Sabrina Schroeder: new work
        
October 20, 2018 — Mexico City, Mexico (Festival Vértice)
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2 
John Zorn: The Alchemist 
Cristina Garcia Islas: new work (world premiere)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1 
Sabrina Schroeder: new work
        
October 23, 2018 — Basel, Switzerland (Kammermusik Basel)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space" 
John Zorn: The Alchemist
Michel Roth: new work (world premiere)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2
        
October 27, 2018 — Brooklyn, NY (Noel Pointer Foundation)
Presentation and workshop with Lester St. Louis
        
October 29–30, 2018 — Boston, MA (Berklee College of Music)
New works by student composers    
        
November 3, 2018 — Fribourg, Switzerland (Musée d‘Art et d’Histoire)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Morton Feldman: Structures
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Liza Lim: The Weaver's Knot
Iannis Xenakis: Tetras
        
November 5, 2018 — ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (November Music)
John Zorn: The Alchemist
John Zorn: Zeitgehoft
John Zorn: Ouroboros
John Zorn: Nachtraglichkeit (world premiere)
        
November 6, 2018 — Berlin, Germany (Berlin Philharmonie)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Morton Feldman: Structures
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Liza Lim: The Weaver's Knot
Iannis Xenakis: Tetras
        
November 7, 2018 — Ljubljana, Slovenia (Slowind Music Society)
Sabrina Schroeder: Slip Trains
Matthias Pintscher: Figura I
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Liza Lim: The Weaver's Knot
Iannis Xenakis: Tetras
        
November 9, 2018 — New York, NY (92nd St Y)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space"
Sabrina Schroeder: Slip Trains
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2
        
November 12, 2018 — Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina)
Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 9
        
November 13, 2018 — Durham, North Carolina (Duke)
Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 9

November 29 & 30, 2018 — New York, NY (Guggenheim Museum)
John Zorn: The Unseen with pianist Stephen Gosling 
        
December 1, 2018 — Brooklyn, NY (Noel Pointer Foundation)
Presentation and workshop with Lester St. Louis
        
December 5–7, 2019 — Iowa City, IA (University of Iowa)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space"
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2
        
January 19, 2019 — Stanford, CA (Stanford University)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space"
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4 
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1 
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2 
        
January 20, 2019 — Stanford, CA (Stanford University)
Doug Balliett: new work for string octet with the St. Lawrence String Quartet
Giovanni Valentini: enharmonic octet with the St. Lawrence String Quartet 
        
January 22–26, 2019 — Moscow, ID (Auditorium Chamber Music Series)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space" 
John Zorn: The Alchemist 
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1 
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4 
        
January 27, 2019 — Yellow Springs, OH (Chamber Music in Yellow Springs)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space"
John Zorn: The Alchemist
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4
        
February 9, 2019 — New York, NY (Columbia Composers)    
New works by student composers    
        
February 10, 2019 — Poughkeepsie, NY (Vassar College)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
John Zorn: Ouroboros with cellist Joshua Roman
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space" 
Joshua Roman: Tornado with cellist Joshua Roman
        
February 15, 2019 — Cologne, Germany (Cologne Philharmonie)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space"
John Zorn: The Alchemist
        
February 23, 2019 — Clinton, NY (Hamilton College)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Ryan Carter: new work
Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space" 
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 5
        
March 6, 2019 — Bronx, NY (Bronx Community College)
Christopher Otto: new work (world premiere)
Miya Masaoka: new work (world premiere)
            
March 7, 2019 — New York, NY (Miller Theatre)
John Zorn: Nachtraglichkeit with flutist Tara Helen O'Connor
        
March 11–13, 2019 — Iowa City, IA (University of Iowa)
New works by student composers
        
March 19, 2019 — New York, NY (CUNY Graduate Center)
New works by student composers    
        
March 25, 2019 — Los Angeles, CA (Monday Evening Concerts)
Chaya Czernowin: Hidden

March 28, 2019 — New York, NY (Miller Theatre)
Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes 
        
March 31, 2019 — Charleston, WV (University of West Virginia)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1 
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Andreia Pinto-Correia: String Quartet No. 1 "Unvanquished Space”
John Zorn: The Alchemist
        
April 6, 2019 — London, United Kingdom (Wigmore Hall)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 5
        
April 8, 2019 — Genoa, Italy (Giovine Orchestra Genovese)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes
Rodericus: Angelorum Psalat arranged by Christopher Otto
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
        
April 13, 2019 — New York, NY (Morgan Library & Museum)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 5
        
April 18, 2019 — New York, NY (New York University)
New works by student composers
        
April 25, 2019 — Durham, NC (Duke Performances)
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
John Zorn: Nachtraglichkeit with flutist Alex Sopp
Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes
        
May 6, 2019 — New York, NY (CUNY Graduate Center)
New works by student composers
        
May 12, 2019 — San Francisco, CA (San Francisco State)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
Cristina Garcia Islas: new work
Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes
        
May 14–19, 2019 — Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
Research with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin

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About the JACK Quartet
Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)

The recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.
 

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