Listen: JACK Quartet Live from the NY Phil Biennial at 92Y

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

JACK Quartet at 92Y for the NY PHIL Biennial on May 23, 2016 JACK Quartet at 92Y for the NY PHIL Biennial on May 23, 2016 (Chris Lee)

In one of the final concerts in its original configuration, the JACK Quartet made its 92nd Street Y debut on May 23 with the New York premieres of works by Marc Sabat and Cenk Ergün, and the world premiere of a work by Derek Bermel. The performance marked the beginning of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial, which celebrated a wide range of new music artists in venues throughout the city.

The five movements of Sabat’s Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery opened the program. Harmonic diagrams by the 18th-century mathematician Leonhard Euler inspired the extremely precise lattice diagrams at the core of Sabat's five-movement work.

Bermel’s Intonations, commissioned by 92Y, takes some inspiration from The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and explores distinctive qualities of human voices. Ergün composed both Celare and Sonare for JACK; this performance was only the second performance of both works.

Since this concert took place in May, the JACK Quartet has announced two personnel changes. Violinist Ari Steisfeld has accepted the position of assistant professor of violin and violin pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music, while cellist Kevin MacFarland is moving to Denver to concentrate on composition and solo projects. The ensemble's new members are violinist Austin Wullimen and cellist Jay Campbell.

Marc Sabat - Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery

Derek Bermel - Intonations

Cenk Ergün - Celare

Cenk Ergün - Sonare

This concert was recorded and mixed by Lawrence Rock of the New York Philharmonic, and the audio will be available for 30 days.

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