Balancing Acts

Jeffrey Zeigler and Paola Prestini talk about restoring "equilibrium in the midst of imbalance."

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Monday, September 19, 2011

It's a first for the New Canon: A husband-wife chat with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and composer Paola Prestini, both of whom are featured in the group's Awakening at BAM. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

There's something really compelling about the new Kronos Quartet collaboration for BAM's Next Wave Festival, and it's not just their subtitle—"a musical meditation on the anniversary of 9/11," or their aim to combine music from several cultures—including those of the Floodplain. What grips me most is the idea of using music as a substitute for spoken language, to restore in Kronos violinist David Harrington's words, "equilibrium in the midst of imbalance."

In the last few weeks, we've turned to music a lot for that equilibrium. And when it comes to communication, that word gets a fair amount of use among couples. So with that in mind, why stop at talking to friend of the show Jeffrey Zeigler about the communicative power of music when we can talk to both Zeigler and his wife, the luminous Paola Prestini, whose music will be featured in Awakening? We'll fire them up with the Canon and ask: Where does music pick up where words fail?

And if you loved our last Kronos show, you won't want to miss more from our fav fab four, plus works by Prestini and a few other composers featured in this BAMtacular.

Comments [3]

Stephen from Fayetteville, AR

Olivia, I like your show, but you need to correct something. You always say "followed by that" when you mean "following that". "First we'll hear piece number 1 and followed by that we'll hear piece number 2." That doesn't make any sense. That would mean that piece number 2 comes first and is followed by piece number 1. You mean: "First we'll hear piece number 1 and following that we'll hear piece number 2."

Sep. 21 2011 10:55 AM
Michael Hubertz from Berlin/Germany

Spoken language is music restricted to words, in contrast to written language which is thinking restricted to words.

Sep. 20 2011 07:28 AM
Michael Meltzer

Music is not a substitute for spoken language, it's an improvement.

Sep. 19 2011 05:01 AM

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