JACK Quartet

String quartet, JACK Quartet members, violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, will participate in this lecture on Tuning in Color: Alternative Tunings in Action.

JACK Quartet describes their session: Over the past fifty years, composers have explored alternative tuning systems to devise beautiful and unearthly colors. Developing a deeper understanding of intonation is a powerful tool in a balanced set of musical skills, and is key in establishing clear-headed artistic collaboration between composers and players. JACK addresses the fundamentals of intonation with clear, practical knowledge, empowering us to make harmonious choices and speak clearly about what we want from the intonation of any given passage in music. JACK will place particular emphasis on how best to explain and put alternative tunings into action.

Hailed by The New York Times as “our leading new-music foursome”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emotional aspects of their work. The quartet has worked with artists such as George Lewis, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Chaya Czernowin, Philip Glass, and many more.

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