Listen: Momenta Quartet Plays Music from Iran, Greece and Brazil at the 2015 MATA Festival

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Momenta Quartet plays at the Kitchen. (MATA Festival)

The third evening of performances at the 2015 MATA Festival featured the Momenta Quartet and associated musicians. The group has garnered praise from the Washington Post, New York Times, and the New Yorker for its performances of both contemporary and canonical classical music.

The evening began with Mirage by Iranian composer Idin Samimi Mofakham. Mofakham is a founding member of the Composition and Music Theory Department at Music Department of University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran, Iran. The Quartet also performed US Composer Eric Nathan’s 2011 piece Four to One, 

The quartet was joined by a clarinetist for pieces by Grecian composer Michalis Paraskakis and MATA’s own Alex Weiser and added an oboist and percussionist for Brazilian composer Daniel Moreira’s Das Nein-Doch Spiel.

Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa in 1996, MATA is a not-for-profit organization that commissions, presents and supports the music of young composers. MATA presents a week-long festival of music by composers under age forty each spring in New York City.


Alex Weiser - study search seek

Guy Barash - String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean”

Michalis Paraskakis - Not Yet II

Eric Nathan - Four To One

Idin Samimi Mofakham - Mirage

Daniel Moreira - Das Nein-Doch Spiel

This concert was recorded, engineered and mixed by Noriko Okabe.

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