On June 23, JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman joined forces to present an era-blending mix of old and new. The program offered an intriguing connectivity between New Complexity pioneer Brian Ferneyhough and arrangements of works by the late Renaissance master Carlo Gesualdo, alongside premieres from Joshua Roman and Jefferson Friedman.
The former principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, Joshua Roman is a frequent collaborator with ensembles like Alarm Will Sound, Lincoln Center's CMS2 and JACK Quartet. He also serves as artistic director of TownMusic in Seattle, which regularly features newly commissioned works.
JACK Quartet also maintains a busy and multifaceted schedule, with appearances at the 2013 Look & Listen Festival, as well as several recent concerts featuring the music of Steve Reich at the Guggenheim Museum. The ensemble is headed to the Lucerne Festival in August to present several world premieres, including Horaţiu Rădulescu's fourth string quartet for nine live string quartets.