Source: I Care If You Listen.
As the old saying goes, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” From September 30 through October 4, 2015, the increasingly busy and well established Momenta Quartet lived this proverb in near excess, having organized the first ever Momenta Festival to celebrate the release of the ensemble’s debut recording, Similar Motion, now available from Albany Records.
Each night of the festival was programmed variably by one of the quartet’s members, drawing from their personal experiences and inspirations in both the traditional canon and newly commissioned works. While the scale and breadth of programming seemed somewhat daunting, there remained a kind of fundamental unity in these explorations, rooted in the question, “What is the Momenta Quartet?”
Source: The New York Times.
The music of Matthew Welch, who began a weeklong residency at the Stone on Tuesday, draws on a world of influences. His opening set, performed by the ensemble Cantata Profana, packed in references to Highland bagpipes, Balinese funerary rites, Minimalism, Borges, Beckett and Buddha. Yet much of the resulting chamber music is exquisitely ethereal, made up of delicate, transparent textures that hum with expressive tension. If Mr. Welch were a chef, he’d be the kind who pushes the boundaries of molecular gastronomy, transforming earthy ingredients into translucent beads of pure flavor.
Source: Red Bull Music Academy.
Eliane Radigue’s life has been marked by decisive encounters that “occurred effortlessly, without anything being forced.” The first pivotal meeting was as a child with her music teacher, Madame Roger, whose lessons captivated her. “She taught me everything, from music notation to theory… Without her, my music would probably never have come into being.” Nonetheless, as a teenager, Radigue tried the harp and the piano, but without much conviction. Already, there loomed the desire within her to make sounds beyond “playing an instrument.”