Mivos Review in NY Times

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Mivos performing Lachenmann, as printed in the NY Times, Oct 15, 2012

Mivos got an excellent review in the New York Times for our October 13 concert, which featured works by Lachenmann, Cage, and Rihm.  You can see the review on the NYT website here, full text below.  Thanks to all who came out to see the show!

Architects of Sound, Creating Structures from the Ground UP

Mivos Quartet Performs Compositions by Modernists

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI

One of the real challenges for a composer today is finding a way to structure a piece so that it comes across with a compelling dramatic arc. Things were a little easier back in the days when sonata form, rondo and other such genres were common, though in reality those classical forms provided little more than general layouts.

Today it is not enough for composers to have vivid imaginations and distinctive musical languages. They must channel their ideas into some structure that is often unique to a particular piece. An ingenious example is the composer Helmut Lachenmann’s String Quartet No. 3 (“Grido,” 2002), which received an accomplished and absorbing performance from the Mivos Quartet on Saturday night at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on West 37th Street. This was the concluding work on a thoughtful program that included Wolfgang Rihm’s “Quartettstudie” (2004) andJohn Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts (1950).

Mr. Lachenmann, 76, a major German modernist, has been gaining champions among younger American performers and ensembles in recent years. In 2010 he visited New York to take part in a concert of his works at the Miller Theater, part of the Composer Portraits series. The most striking quality of his music comes from the unconventional sounds he draws from instruments.

The Italian word “grido” means shout or cry, and Mr. Lachenmann’s Third Quartet certainly cries out, though mostly in hushed and mysterious ways. Through whole stretches of this 25-minute single-movement score the players produce strangely beautiful sounds — scratches, tappings, grumbles, squeaky hinge creaks — by applying the bow to all parts of their instruments. There are all manner of tremolo effects and eerie harmonics. Who needs electronics when a string quartet can produce such wonderful noises?

Yet for me the real achievement of the piece is its structure. Out of a vocabulary of plinks, plunks and ethereal sonorities, Mr. Lachenmann has built a piece of sweeping narrative power. It begins with high scratching sounds and chords that blur tonal and atonal harmonies, yet sound uncannily precise. During some episodes the instruments slither around as if in a contrapuntal free-for-all, or break into frenetic busyness, or bring time to a standstill through hazy, hovering chords. It was actually difficult to discern the overall structure of the piece while hearing it. But it came across as a monumental entity. I was hooked by the music and the brilliant performance, as was the audience, which whooped and applauded at the end.

The Mivos Quartet, a New York ensemble founded in 2008 that focuses in contemporary music, also excelled in Mr. Rihm’s “Quartettstudie,” which combines modernist techniques with a post-Romantic sensibility as it moves through nine minutes of fitful, unpredictable music.

The components of Cage’s Quartet in Four Parts, a 20-minute piece that explores stillness and quietude, come from a set pool of short motifs, sonorities and modal-sounding chords that appear repeatedly. In their performance the sensitive Mivos players created the contemplative atmosphere this piece demands. It helped that the concert took place in the DiMenna Center’s cozy, wood-paneled Benzaquen Hall, with chairs set up for just 50 people.

Wet Ink/Katharina Rosenberger CD Release Party

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Join us at Exapno on October 5 to celebrate the release of Katharina’s new album on HatART!  We’re thrilled to be on this great label as an ensemble.  We spent a week recording at UCSD a couple of seasons ago, excited to finally see the finished product.

We’re psyched to have On Structure performing some new material for the evening (Jessie Marino, Natacha Diels).  Plus, we will have some performances by Wet Ink including excerpts from Kate Soper’s Cipher (vn/voice) and a new work for ensemble (feat. Ian Antonio, Eric Wubbels, Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, and Josh Modney).  And there will be refreshments, of course.

Hope to see you at Exapno! 33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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Mivos Fundraising Party Today!

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Please join us today to celebrate the 2012-13 season and to officially welcome Mivos’ cellist, Mariel Roberts!  There will be drinks by donation (Sixpoint beer, wine) and light snacks, plus live music.  In addition to a short performance by Mivos, we are fortunate to have some wonderful guests.  Sam Pluta & Jim Altieri will perform their searing duo music for violin and electronics (as heard on their excellent Carrier Records release, Sum and Difference), and Timucin Sahin will perform a solo on his trademark double-neck electric guitar.

Thanks to Spectrum NYC for generously hosting the event.  Check us out on Facebook to RSVP.

September 16, 5-9 pm

121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor, Manhattan

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Mivos Fundraising Party on Sunday!

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Please join us on Sunday to celebrate the 2012-13 season and to officially welcome Mivos’ cellist, Mariel Roberts!  There will be drinks by donation (Sixpoint beer, wine) and light snacks, plus live music.  In addition to a short performance by Mivos, we are fortunate to have some wonderful guests.  Sam Pluta & Jim Altieri will perform their searing duo music for violin and electronics (as heard on their excellent Carrier Records release, Sum and Difference), and Timucin Sahin will perform a solo on his trademark double-neck electric guitar.

Thanks to Spectrum NYC for generously hosting the event.  Check us out on Facebook to RSVP.

September 16, 5-9 pm

121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor, Manhattan

Mivos Season Kickoff, CMA Newsletter

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We’re off to an exciting start this week with Mivos Quartet.  First up, this Thursday we will perform works by Carl Bettendorf and Reiko Fueting at the German Consulate.  Then on Sunday we will be having a party, generously hosted by Spectrum NYC!  Please come by for drinks and light fare, plus musical performances by some of our friends (Sam Pluta, Jim Altieri, Timucin Sahin).  Stay tuned for more info later this week.

This is Mivos’ first week back in NYC performing with our fantastic new cellist, Mariel Roberts.  We were happy to see this short feature in the CMA newsletter.

 

NY Times Review of ZS, Wet Ink, et al

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Sam Hillmer of ZS, as printed in the New York Times

It was a great experience playing at 285 Kent last Wednesday among such illustrious folk.  ZS, Hubble, Extra Life, Mick Barr, and Diamond Terrifier all brought inspirational sets to the stage, and it was as always a privilege to play with Wet Ink.

This time, Wet Ink was a quartet comprised of Sam Pluta (electronics), Kate Soper (voice, keyboard), Alex Mincek (sax) and me (violin).  We debuted a gnarly drone piece which we will continue to develop over the next season.  Looking forward to some big Wet Ink events in 2012-13, more info coming soon!

There was a nice NYT review of last week’s show, focussed on the new sound of ZS, check it out! 

Wet Ink & ZS Tonight, 8/29!

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Excited to begin the Wet Ink concert season this evening as part of such an incredible lineup: ZS, Extra Life, Hubble, Mick Barr and <>T.  ZS is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and the release of a great new box set of their early work, featuring performances and compositions by my dear friends Alex Mincek, Matt Hough, and Ian Antonio, among others.  Wet Ink will be performing as a quartet for this show, with Sam Pluta (laptop), Alex Mincek (sax), Kate Soper (voice), and Josh Modney (violin).

Show starts at 8pm on Wednesday, August 29 @ 285 Kent Ave in Williamsburg.  Cover is $10.

info: http://www.zzzsss.com

Wet Ink Joins ZS @ 285 Kent, Wednesday 8/29

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Excited to begin the Wet Ink concert season this Wednesday as part of such an incredible lineup: ZS, Extra Life, Hubble, Mick Barr and <>T.  ZS is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and the release of a great new box set of their early work, featuring performances and compositions by my dear friends Alex Mincek, Matt Hough, and Ian Antonio, among others.  Wet Ink will be performing as a quartet for this show, with Sam Pluta (laptop), Alex Mincek (sax), Kate Soper (voice), and Josh Modney (violin).

Show starts at 8pm on Wednesday, August 29 @ 285 Kent Ave in Williamsburg.  Cover is $10.

info: http://www.zzzsss.com