The Momenta Quartet is about to set its new season in motion – both literally and figuratively. Please save the date for their season premiere, presented by Roulette’s [INTERPRETATIONS] series and featuring music by improvisers:
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8 PM
-Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 – On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves; close to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR ) – 917.267.0363
-Admission: $15 general, $10 Roulette members, students, and seniors
-Event and ticket purchasing link: http://roulette.org/events/interpretations-gene-coleman-ensemble-n_jp-momenta-string-quartet/
-Press: please send comp requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Repertoire will feature composed works by various avant-garde improvisation luminaries–jazz legend Yusef Lateef‘s String Quartet No. 2 (2012), and the world premiere of world music pioneer Adam Rudolph‘s “Morphic Resonance” (2013). Momenta delves into the interdisciplinary with avant-garde pianist-composer Gordon Beeferman‘s “Quadrille” (2012) for piano quintet and dancer. It’s a whimsical deconstruction of the 18th-century dance form, conceived and performed in collaboration with dancer-choreographer Stephanie Sleeper. It will feature the composer on piano and the entire quartet (!) worked into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. Lastly but not least is a piece that has truly become Momenta’s signature: the fiercely difficult “Uma Faca Só Lâmina” (“A Knife all Blade,” 1998) by guitar virtuoso and self-professed “Brazilian madman” Arthur Kampela. Several notable quartets have shown deep interest in the piece but ultimately turned it down due to its extreme complexity; Momenta is the first and only group so far to undertake it. For those whose curiosity has been piqued, you can view their most recent performance of it, at the Americas Society last May, here.
Praised by the New York Times for their “diligence, curiosity and excellence” and by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience,” the Momenta Quartet’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Their vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds. Momenta devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers, many of whom are emerging or underrepresented in the New York new music scene. They give multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs that may include 20th/21st century masterworks and selected great music from the past. Momenta has premiered over 50 works in the past eight years and has collaborated with over 80 living composers. Now in its ninth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta has also performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.