Dither Electric Guitar Quartet in New York

From Dither:

Saturday, December 11, 2010
7:00 pm, reception to follow
$10 Admission

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St, New York, NY, 10002
F to Delancy, J/M/Z to Essex, B/D to Grand

Dither, in collaboration with the Incubator Arts Project, announces Dither’s Incubator Workshop, an action-packed evening of new works for electric guitar quartet by composers Eve Beglarian, Nick Didkovsky, Ted Hearne, and Tristan Perich. Presented in an interactive setting at Abrons Arts Center, the Workshop is an opportunity for Dither to perform new pieces from every stage of development, and to showcase the work of four exciting voices in contemporary music. The event will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Dec 11, incorporate interviews throughout the program with each of the composers, and conclude with an informal reception.

Currently in their fourth season of performances, Dither is rapidly gaining recognition for creative programming and precision playing. New Music Box praises Dither’s debut album as “a provocative rocking that sounds good, feels good, and even when the music hits its fever pitch and the wailing claps you sharply, things still manage to keep to the honest side of controlled.” The New York Times describes Dither’s music “an exploded view of the instrument’s potential” and praises the album’s “muscular arpeggios, livid feedback, ominous rumbles and radiant drones.” Of Dither’s festival at the Invisible Dog, The New Yorker declared the event as the week’s “official concert on the edge” and Time Out New York simply asked “What’s not to Love?”

The program of Dither’s Incubator Workshop will include the premiere of Nick Didkovsky’s Vox Requiem, an epic piece that draws heavily from the composer’s undying love for glorious guitar tones. Also premiered will be Tristan Perich’s Interference Logic, written for four electric guitars accompanied by 1-bit music: beautiful synthesized tones amplified through small speakers placed amongst the performers. Additionally, Dither will perform movements from Aberrations, an evening length work by recent Gaudeamus-prize winner Ted Hearne, which will be premiered in its entirety in Fall of 2011. Finally, the quartet will perform Eve Beglarian’s Garden of Cyrus which was arranged by the composer earlier this year, and has quickly developed into a highlight of Dither’s repertoire.

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