JACK Quartet:
The Wind in High Places

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet

photo credit: Henrik Olund

Concert: Saturday, January 16, 8:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation: Thursday, January 14, 5:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (free)

The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (The New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience." The Washington Post commented, "The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital." Alex Ross (The New Yorker) hailed their performance of Iannis Xenakis's complete string quartets as being "exceptional" and "beautifully harsh," and Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) called their sold-out performances of Georg Friedrich Haas's String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct. (also performed at NMNC in 2011) "mind-blowingly good."

JACK Quartet

John, Ari, Chris, Kevin: JACK

photo credit: Henrik Olund

JACK has performed at NMNC four times previously, the most recent being in 2012 when they played pieces all composed by New College alumni (Alejandro Castaño, Jason Rosenberg, Sara Moone, and Taylor Briggs).

This season's performance will feature (among other works) Pulitzer Prize Winner John Luther Adams's The Wind in High Places, an austere yet beautiful work in three movements played entirely on open strings—the players never touch their fingerboards. Melodies are created using the harmonics of each string, creating a quiet and enchanting piece that suggests voices in the winds.

NEW! See videos of two of the pieces from our concert, and four more videos (below those) JACK made especially for us about each of the pieces they performed!

Video of Rodericus's Angelorum Psalat

Video of Xenakis's Tetras

Video of JACK discussing and playing an excerpt of John Zorn's The Remedy of Fortune

Video of Christopher Otto describing the piece he arranged by the medieval composer Rodericus

Video of JACK explaining the unusual techniques used in The Wind in High Places

Video of Kevin McFarland talking about Iannis Xenakis's piece Tetras

JACK Quartet with New College alumni composers in 2012

JACK with New College alumni composers and NMNC Director Stephen Miles in 2012

photo credit: R. L. Silver

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