String hero(in)es of Longleash and The Rhythm Method join forces at The Owl Music Parlor.
And Nobody Gets Everything Right
The Rhythm Method presents works which bend, sidestep, or shatter the classical frame of the string quartet, from Dame Elizabeth Maconchy's concisely dramatic String Quartet No. 3 (1938) to violinist-composer Marina Kifferstein's extraterrestrial musings in An Alien with Extraordinary Abilities (2017), from Lewis Nielsen's anti-colonialist tour de force Le Journal de Corps (2010) to Kristin Bolstad's disruptive And Nobody Gets Everything Right (2012).
Leah Asher and Marina Kifferstein, violins
Miranda Sielaff, viola*
Meaghan Burke, cello
Pala Garcia and John Popham of Longleash play solo works by Liza Lim and Suzanne Farrin, alongside a duo by Esaias Järnegard. Lim's Philtre, written for low-voiced detuned violin, takes its title from the Greek φίλτρον, or phíltron: a love-inducing potion. Farrin's Corpo di Terra references Petrarch's statement of unrequited love in his 22nd canzoniere: "for though I am mortal body of this earth, my fixed desire comes from the stars." But Järnegard's Utmarker (2) is worlds away from fervent affect, instead exploring the limits of intense quietude in "a place of perfect nothingness."