Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Waltham, MA / Brandeis University

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1

Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”

Saad Haddad: String Quartet (world premiere)

Composer Saad Haddad, who will be in attendance for the event, describes his quartet as traversing “many areas of traditional Middle Eastern music, …and seeking to amalgamate those characteristics with traits typically found in Western classical music.” Haddad’s quartet is composed of three movements. The first, “Daf,” is named after the frame drum commonly used in traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, and features rhythmic pulses in a “seemingly improvised, though thoroughly composed, manner.” The Second, “Fugha,” imagines “what it might have been like if Bach was born in Alexandria, rather than Eisenach, and what harmonic discoveries… he might have made in pursuit of his perfect counterpoint.” The final movement, "Nashwa," or 'trance,' “is an aural meditation inspired by the contrast of swelling resonances from inside the oud, an Arab lute, and the surface, percussive sounds of the qanun, an Arab zither.” 

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Denton, TX / University of North Texas residency
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Denton, TX / University of North Texas residency

Lydian String Quartet residency, April 12-13, 2017
UNT College of Music

Voertman Concert Hall, Music Building
Thursday, 8pm, April 13, 2017
STEVEN SNOWDEN Bird Catching From Above (2016)
HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op 64 No 5 "Lark"
JON CHRISTOPHER NELSON Spinning Silence in the Possible Blue (2016) (Texas premiere)
RAVEL String Quartet

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Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Waltham, MA / Brandeis University

Home Within: A Live Audio-Visual Performance from Syria

What is the role of the arts in response to violence?  The beauty of a melody opens the heart, the line of a drawing provides new perspective…With the live painting/ music collaborative work “Home Within” as its centerpiece, this evening’s performance is an intimate, passionate and deeply personal artistic response to violent conflict.  

Also on the program: a premiere of a new work by composer / clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet.

KINAN AZMEH composer, clarinet
KEVORK MOURAD live illustrations, visuals
KHALIL YOUNES film maker, visual artist
LYDIAN STRING QUARTET

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