Momenta Quartet

On Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will present three world premieres by Latin American composers Manena Contreras, Ileana Pérez Velázquez, and Arthur Kampela at The Americas Society (680 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065; 212-628-3200). Tickets: $20 general; free for AS members.

The concert features the long-awaited full-version world premiere of Brazilian composer Arthur Kampela’s Uma Faca Só Lâmina (“A Knife All Blade,” 1998). Praised by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience,” Momenta is the first and only ensemble ever to tackle Kampela’s fiercely difficult string quartet. Kampela has received commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation and the New York Philharmonic, among others, but he still considers this 1998 quartet his most important work to date. Some of the world’s leading contemporary ensembles have shown deep interest in the piece but have been deterred by its extreme complexity. Momenta took it on in 2009 as part of an intense multi-year collaboration with Kampela, and by the time of the premiere, will have put in over 150 hours of rehearsal time.

Momenta will round out the program with two new Latin American works written especially for the quartet: Alma de Guije (2012) by Cuban composer Ileana Pérez Velázquez, and Venezuelan composer Manena Contreras’ Trazos (2010) for bassoon and string quartet. The quartet will be joined in the latter work by sought-after bassoonist Adrian Morejon, lauded for his “teeming energy” and “precise control” by the New York Times.

For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron: emilie@momentaquartet.com.

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