What is American? By Any Means Necessary
14:15 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 22,50
Alternative History First Time in the Netherlands Improvisation New American
Curtis Stewart (viool)
Jannina Norpoth (viool)
Nick Revel (altviool)
Hamilton Berry (cello)
Snapshot: Circa 1909
Break Away for String quartet
Mind the Gap: Reflections on Beauty
What is American? (improvisation to Dvořák)
“What is American?” They don’t just ask the question, the PUBLIQuartet is part of the answer as well. The ensemble – “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music” – proves that the term string quartet is not so easily defined nowadays. They improvise, interweave genres, often collaborate with composers and put the string quartet at the center of social discussions. They do this at leading institutions such as Juilliard and Carnegie Hall, but also at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. And now for the first time in the Netherlands, during the String Quartet Biennale.
‘What is American: By Any Means Necessary’ is in a way a summary of everything the PUBLIQuartet does – a search for what it means to be an American string quartet, the players coming from different cultural backgrounds themselves. Dvořák passes by alongside contemporary composers such as Corigliano; improvisation alongside reproduction. In the case of the PUBLIQuartet: there are no boxes – by any means necessary.
Dvořák passes by alongside modern composers such as Corigliano; improvisation in addition to reproduction. In the case of the PUBLIQuartet: there are no boxes - by any means necessary.