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Friction Quartet
PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts)
Seattle, WA
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Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called "stunningly passionate" (Calgary Herald) and "chillingly effective" (San Francisco Examiner), has established a reputation for edgy programming and exhilarating performance of contemporary string quartets. Friction Quartet is Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violins, Taija Warbelow, viola and Douglas Machiz, cello.

PROGRAM:

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
III. Adagio molto e mesto
IV. Theme russe

Juiced (2014)
Brendon Randall-Myers

Good Medicine from Salome Dances for Peace (1986)
Terry Riley (b. 1935)

In/exchange for String Quartet and Steel Pan
Andy Akiho
with Andy Akiho on Steel Pan

ABOUT FRICTION QUARTET

Friction Quartet exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music. Since forming in 2011, Friction has given 28 world premiere performances and commissioned 30 works for string quartet. They recently opened for Kronos Quartet, in Kronos's "Under 30 series.  Friction worked with Opera Philadelphia in a performance of selections from Missy Mazzoli's new opera. Friction was selected as one of eleven artists featured in the SF Bay Guardian's 2014 On the Rise issue. Friction Quartet is also dedicated to building new audiences for contemporary music.  In collaboration with composer Danny Clay, Friction realized a graphic score that Danny created using drawings that a third grade class made after listening to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge.  Friction works with an after-school program called "Little Opera" that guides elementary school students through the process of creating an opera.  They workshop graphic scores that the students create and present excerpts of old and new string quartets.  The Little Opera students consistently report that Friction plays exactly what the students had in mind.  As part of their 2014 winter residency at the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, Friction gave several performances at local schools.  Their recompositions of Britney Spears' "Toxic" Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" were the biggest hits. Friction Quartet takes risks to enlarge the audience's understanding of what a string quartet can be, through the use of digital sound processing, percussion, amplification, movement and by combining music with other media such as dance and film.  But they never lose sight of the quartet's essencethe endlessly nuanced interaction of four analog voices, even when those voices are used to channel real and produce faux digital sounds.
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Location

PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts) (View)
710 E. Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98102
United States

Categories

Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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