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This project was successfully funded on April 11, 2012

Low End String Quartet, Sarah Lipstate commissioning project

by Jonathan Matis


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  • Posted April 20, 2012
    Credits: David D'Agostino
    Hey everybody: we had our big show, and gave the premiere performance of "Into the Midnight Sun."

    The show went really well, and the whole day was kind of dreamy. We had an hour to work with Sarah on her piece, and had an hour to work with Zoe Keating, too. Having that nice long rehearsal period with the composers made a huge difference and the music sounds much better now.

    We're going to be working on recording "Into the Midnight Sun" next month and we'll share that with all of you once it's done.

    Thanks again for making this project possible. I hope we're helping to get Sarah the recognition she deserves as a composer. She certainly gave us a killer new piece.

    I know many of you weren't able to join us in Reston for the show. We'll get to work booking some additional performances...

    Thanks again!
  • Posted April 04, 2012

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    Here's a more recent video clip - from today's rehearsal. Sorry we're only showing duo and trio sections - one of us has to hold the camera... The music is taking shape nicely!
  • Posted March 30, 2012
    Hello everybody. We're 75% to our goal! Thanks so much for all of your support. I wanted to post another rehearsal video, but we ran of time during yesterday's rehearsal... we were having too much fun working on the music, I forgot to shoot more video. I'll be sure to post something new after rehearsal on Wednesday.

    We're starting to get a feel for the trajectory of the piece now, which feels good.

    Sarah's shown a Messiaen-like approach to the ensemble, by which I mean there are lengthy sections for each player, or sub-groups of players, in addition to full quartet material. It gives the piece a rich sense of development, even with her characteristically limited raw materials (that's meant as a compliment, just so there's no misunderstanding).

    That also presents some performance challenges - subtle gestures become weighty and important, so there's not much room for error. Also, there's an under-appreciated performance challenge of holding the full group's intention and focus intensely while each player has long periods of inactivity. Which is to say: we have to be very careful in how we play the piece, and also how we DON'T play during the piece.

    More news coming next week... and as we approach the deadline for the campaign, we need your help spreading the word - thanks so much!!
  • Posted March 23, 2012

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    Thanks so much. Our project is going really well. We're almost to 50% on our goal!

    Here's a short clip from this morning's rehearsal. We shot a short segment where the bass player has a rest - that way he could hold the camera. We'll post more next week. Thanks so much to everyone who's already pledged. We're all very excited about the music and we're eager to share the finished work!

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