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JACK Quartet | Tyshawn Sorey

Lim | Sorey

Sun, 14.08. | 14.30

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

08.08.-11.09. 2022

 

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    JACK Quartet:  Christopher Otto, violin | Austin Wulliman, violin | John Pickford Richards, viola | Jay Campbell, cello
    Tyshawn Sorey  percussion
    Liza Lim (*1966)
    String Creatures (world premiere)
    Commissioned by Lucerne Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University
    Tyshawn Sorey
    new work for percussion and string quartet

    (world premiere)
    Commissioned by Lucerne Festival

    “Is it jazz? New classical music? Composition? Improvisation? Tonal? Atonal? Minimal? Maximal?”, wondered the music critic Alex Ross following one of Tyshawn Sorey’s performances, which he found “awesomely confounding.” And Sorey’s work is indeed difficult to categorize. He is a multi-instrumentalist, conductor, and composer who moves seamlessly between jazz and contemporary “classical,” combining both precisely notated music and freely improvised performance. “If I notice that I’m discriminating against some style, then that’s a problem I have to deal with. I can’t blame it on the musical genre that I don’t like, can I?” Sorey will begin his turn as Lucerne’s “artiste étoile” in a very classical way: namely, with a new string quartet. But he will undoubtedly contribute unprecedented facets to this traditional genre. And so does Liza Lim: String Creatures is the title of the Australian composer’s new work for the JACK Quartet. Through various materials and applications, she transforms the instruments and musicians into fantastic hybrid creatures.

    JACK Quartet

    The American JACK Quartet was founded in 2003 by four young musicians who studied together at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The ensemble’s name comes from the first letter of each member’s first name: John Pickford Richards (viola), Ari Streisfeld (second violin), Christopher Otto (first violin), and Kevin McFarland (Violoncello). During their training, the players also studied with the Arditti and the Kronos Quartets and, as participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, with musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain, who gave them important advice that would prove useful in the performance of their future repertoire. The JACK Quartet focuses in particular on contemporary music, collaborating closely with the composers whose work they perform. Along with Helmut Lachenmann, this list includes such names as György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, James Dillon, and Beat Furrer. The JACK Quartet has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and has also appeared at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Biennale in Venice, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. Between 2012 and 2014 the four players are working closely with Maurizio Pollini as part of his Pollini Perspectives series: following its premiere in Lucerne, the series is also being presented in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, and Milan. An important component of the JACK Quartet’s work is devoted to young composers and instrumentalists, which entails giving workshops at the Universities of Iowa, Wisconsin-Madison, Buffalo, Illinois, Washington, and New York; the Quartet additionally teaches at various American conservatories.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in the summer of 2005 as participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, when these four musicians took part in a conversation concert with Helmut Lachenmann.

    July 2013

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    Jay Campbell

    The American cellist Jay Campbell is an “artiste étoile” of the 2017 Summer Festival. He was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California, and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. A significant part of his formation took place at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, which he attended in the summers of  2010 and 2011; he performed here as a soloist in Boulez’s Messagesquisse and Pli selon pli under the direction of the composer himself. Campbell received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016. In the same year he was engaged by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 2013, as curator of the Ligeti Forward series, which he designed together with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI for the NY Phil Biennial; as part of this series, he performed György Ligeti’s Cello Concerto under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Campbell has collaborated with such composers as Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, and Kaija Saariaho, as well as with many others from his own generation. John Zorn has written more than a dozen works for him, including The Aristos, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated score; it was included on the release Hen to Pan, listed as one of the New York Times’s Best Recordings of 2015. Jay Campbell has concertized at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California; the Krannert Center in Illinois; the Marlboro Festival; Chamber Music Northwest; the Moab Music Festival; and the Heidelberger Frühling. He is a member of the JACK Quartet and the cellist of a new piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao.

    August 2017

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