New Music Ensemble Concert #3
This concert features 6 diverse composers. Shuying Li's "Migration" is a concerto for chamber ensemble, and takes listeners on a journey around the world, opening their ears to music’s evolution as an international unifier. Jlin, an electronic artist, was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for 50 for the Future and made an electronic piece that Jacob Garchik transcribed for string quartet. It's highly rhythmic and visceral. Lior Navok's trio "The Mysterious Pond," for oboe, flute and piano creates blurry, watery textures. Alvin Singleton, an esteemed Black composer who studied in Europe, combines elements of modernism and improvisation in his work "In Our Own House," scored for trumpet, saxophone, percussion and piano. Whitney Ashe's piece "Greetings From the Rock," for sax and electric guitar, combines jazz harmonies and strong contrapuntal writing. Finally, Jessie Montgomery's "Strum," for string quintet, draws on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement, and begins with fleeting nostalgia and transforms into ecstatic celebration.