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June 11, 2013|
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
A special collaboration between MIM and The Downtown Chamber Series. The program will include contemporary works for strings and the local indie chamber pop sensation Tobie Milford.
and Robert Simonds, violins
Mark Dix, viola
Peter Lorenzo Anderegg, cello
Program to include:
Bartok String Quartet No. 3
Missy Mazzoli, Dissolve, O my Heart for solo violin
Original works by Tobie Milford, vocals and violin,
with string quartet
“The virtually boundless limits of what is possible with four strings on a hollow wooden box”|
Tobie Milford has been described as an “ethereal symphony of sound”, using loop pedals to layer multiple violin parts and combine them with his own vocals. In this performance, loop pedals will be replaced with live string quartet, performing original arrangements of Milford's compositions. This culminates in a nuanced and unique sound: ambient, minimalist string textures, sophisticated plucking patterns, and dynamic vocal melodies. His songwriting has led him to become one of Phoenix's most widely lauded solo acts.
Bartok composed his Quartet No.3 in 1927, blending dense counterpoint, Hungarian folk music, and modern string techniques, all of which create a haunting, virtuosic, and gripping experience for the audience and performers. Seldom performed due to their tremendous difficulty, five of the six Bartok quartets have been taken on by DCS musicians in recent years. They consider these works to be a cornerstone of the series.
Missy Mazzoli, born in 1980, is a composer characterized by eclecticism and in particular the use of rock's kinetic rhythm. Dissolve, O my Heart, written in 2011 for solo violin, directly quotes the opening chord of J.S. Bach's Chaconne, but immediately veers in unexpected directions. creating a distinctly modern and beautiful work.
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Images from our recent concerts at the Icehouse (all photos by Leland Gebhardt):