JACK Quartet & Colin Currie, percussion - 92Y, New York

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JACK Quartet & Colin Currie, percussion

Works by the Greco-French composer and architect Iannis Xenakis bookend this audacious program from "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe) JACK Quartet and percussion superstar Colin Currie.

Beginning with Xenakis’s solo percussion piece Rebonds B, this groovy piece, almost tribal in its utterance, revolutionized the solo percussion repertoire and pushes what is technically possible for the percussionist. The program concludes with Tetras, likewise revolutionary in the string quartet repertoire. Glissandi, tapping on wood and strings, and fugal patterns all are employed in this singular masterpiece by one of the 20th century’s most iconoclastic composers. Two New York premieres comprise the rest of the program: Simon Holt’s Quadriga, which draws its influence from the beautiful “airs above the ground” of dressage, and Suzanne Farrin’s flickering, luminous Hypersea.

  • Xenakis, Rebonds B
  • Simon Holt, Quadriga (NY premiere)
  • Suzanne Farrin, Hypersea (NY premiere)
  • Xenakis, Tetras