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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, November 5, 2010 - 8:00pm

John King's 10 Mysteries

Jennifer Choi, violin
Cornelius Dufallo, violin
John King, viola
Alex Waterman, cello

"The ensemble brings vitality, sensitivity and, in many instances, astounding brute force to their impassioned interpretations." -All About Jazz on John King and the Crucible Quartet

Ars Nova Workshop presents a special night of string quartets led by two of the most exciting downtown composers: John King with Crucible Quartet - who will be performing pieces from their 2010 collaboration, 10 Mysteries - and Jessica Pavone with members of the Toomai Quartet - who will be performing pieces from their 2009 collaboration Songs of Synastry and Solitude.

Crucible will be performing 10 Mysteries, a composition in nine movements (whatever silence appears after the last breaths of the ninth movement is the 10th mystery). It was completed in 2007 and was premiered at The Stone in NYC in March of that year. It was the first quartet in which King used what he calls "trilogic unity" in its creation: composed "determinate" music, improvised "spontaneous" musical directives, and chance-determined "random/indeterminate" musical elements. These three methods of organizing sound were, at that time and up to the present continue to be, of prime importance for his methodology of combining, mixing, coalescing, and distilling musical materials. The central movement in the piece is called "incantation," what was heard in a dream; the "dance" movement (#7) is based on the first 100 integers of pi, non-repeating rhythmic and harmonic cycles which push into infinity; the 1st movement is an impressionistic blur that bursts forward using the rhythms of the individual players' heartbeats; the penultimate movement represents a slipping in and out of chaos and stasis, which drives towards the conclusion - a whispering of angels. Crucible will debut a piece called BArACkoBAma by using the musical letters of the President's name to create melodic cells, which evolve and transform during the work.

Jessica Pavone's Songs of Synastry and Solitude
Jessica Pavone, composer
John Popham, cello
Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Andrew Roitstein, double-bass
Erin Wight, viola

"Jessica Pavone is a vital force in New York's music community, capable and competent of playing way out in left field, or keeping things much closer to home." - Adam Strohm, Dusted

Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Pavone has worked over the last ten years with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, William Parker, Mike Pride, Jason Ajemian, and many others.  She is currently working with frequent collaborator and guitarist Mary Halvorson - they have released 3 records as a duo, and another with Good For Cows (Ches Smith, Devin Hoff) - Army of Strangers (with Pete Fitzpatrick, Jonti Siman, and Harris Eisenstadt), and The Thirteenth Assembly ( with Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Tomas Fujiwara).  She has appeared on over 25 recordings, and an additional 11 as a group leader or co-leader.  In 2000, she founded Peacock Recordings, and has since released her own work as well as albums by Sam Amidon, Aaron Siegel, Jason Cady, and Dirty Projectors-bassist Nat Baldwin, among others.  She has also earned grants and commissions from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, the American Music Center, The Kitchen, and MATA.  Her most recent recording, Songs of Synastry and Solitude on Tzadik, features her compositions for string quartet performed by members of the Toomai Quintet.

Formed in 2007 at The Juilliard School, the Toomai Quintet is named after Rudyard Kipling's short story "Toomai of the Elephants" in which a young boy journeys into the jungle to witness the dance of the wild elephants. The Quintet aspires to cultivate a similar sense of curiosity and discovery by searching for diverse music and sharing it with their audience.  They have appeared in venues such as the Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd St. Y, Juilliard's chamber music series at Lincoln Center, and The Kitchen in downtown NYC.