An Hour with Mivos Quartet

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The fast-rising and adventurous Mivos Quartet has eclectic tastes, to say the least. The New York City-based string quartet has performed music by Anna Clyne, Tristan Perich, Helmut Lachenmann and members of the avant-jazz collective Zs. They are featured on new records by indie songstress Zola Jesus and classical guitarist/composer Andrew McKenna Lee. In 2012, the quartet was awarded a Young Ensembles Fellowship at Germany's Darmstadt Festival.

Mivos Quartet writes the following of their Mixtape:

Our playlist is a combination of works that have inspired us in over the years as musicians, and we each contributed a few selections that were personally very important to us. We've always had a relatively easy time choosing music for the group because we all center around music that is honest, viscerally emotional, and inventive.

John Cage's String Quartet in Four Parts is to all four of us one of the most powerful pieces that we've ever heard or played — it is definitely a desert island work for all of us. The perfection of it's simplicity and ingenuity is just exceptional. The other choices are a mix of things that shaped us personally and changed the way we think about what it means to make music.


Ned Rothenberg - Swagger
Sam Pluta - Machine Language (excerpt)
Richard Burkhardt - Alban (Wet Ink Ensemble)
John Cage: String Quartet in Four Parts II - "Slowly Rocking" (Arditti Quartet)
Radiohead - Kid A
Henri Dutilleux - String Quartet "Ainsi la nuit" IV. Litanies 2 (Juilliard String Quartet)
Charles Mingus - Ecclusiastes
Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach, Act I, Scene 1: Train (excerpt)
Gyorgy Ligeti - Lux Aeterna
Steve Reich - Eight Lines (excerpt)