The New York-based ensemble The Rhythm Method seeks to redefine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context. The four members, praised by The New Yorker magazine as “trailblazing…skillful composer-performers,” continually expand their palette of sound and expression through improvisation, songwriting, and the use of theatrical elements. They have performed in New York at Roulette, Joe’s Pub, The Stone, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morris Museum, and the Noguchi Museum and have appeared at the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, the MATA Festival, Music Mondays, TriBeCa New Music, and the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Moving Sounds Festival. Tours have taken the quartet throughout the United States as well as to France, Austria, and Switzerland. They have also performed at Tulane University, Arkansas State University, Zurich University of the Arts, Hunter College, Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, and New York University. This is in addition to all-summer residencies at the Lake George Music Festival’s Composer’s Institute in 2020-22. The Rhythm Method rediscovers works by female composers of past eras through its Hidden Mothers Project. The annual Broad Statements mini-festival celebrates music-making by women, non-binary, and gender-expansive people in a wide array of artistic styles. The 2021 release A Few Concerns presents cellist-singer-songwriter Meaghan Burke’s music, while the album The Rhythm Method, released in 2022, features music by all of the quartet members.

November 2022