The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet presents a special concert, Eclectic Currents, at the BLUM & POE art gallery on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 8PM. This special event is a celebration of Calder-commissioned works and marks the kick-off of a recording project entitled Eclectic Currents featuring 12 works by emerging young composers in 12 months, some of the most promising of the younger generation commissioned by the Calder Quartet, that will be digitally released over the course of the year. The event also features BLUM & POE artist Dave Muller in a special performance-dedicated exhibit on the walls of the gallery space.
To commemorate and kick-off Eclectic Currents, the evening will feature three Calder-commissioned works by emerging composers Daniel Wohl, Tristan Perich and newly-named 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrew Norman. NPR claims Daniel Wohl is shaping our contemporary music scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century and The New York Times cites Normans music for its juxtapositions and dazzling colors. Alex Ross in a recent article for The New Yorker states, The most arresting new piece of the Kitchen sub-series, and perhaps of the entire festival, was Dual Synthesis, by the twenty-nine-year-old New York composer Tristan Perich. The antique machines of different ages came together in a hurtling form, savage and beautiful and strange.
The Calder Quartet will also perform Ravels String Quartet, a work that the Calder is known for and recorded on their very first record release. The Washington Post states, Most striking was the intense beauty of tone these musicians produced -- which blossomed to full lusciousness in their surging, extroverted reading of the Ravel.
Tickets are just $10 for the event and are available through the Calder Quartet website at www.calderquartet.com and will also be available at the door.