Music critic Tim Page wrote, "Say it plainly - Michael Harrison's Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation is probably the most brilliant and original extended composition for solo piano since the early works of Frederic Rzewski three decades ago (and no, I am not forgetting Elliott Carter). What could have been a mere glossary of unfamiliar sonorities made possible by Harrison's unconventional tuning of a grand piano turned instead into a virtuosic tour-de-force that would have done credit to the hypothetical team of Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy working overtime."
Charlton Lee, in his pre-viola days, loved the cutting edge of physics research – always looking for the next discovery, pushing boundaries. But he missed the way music connected people, building community by communicating in ways physics never would. What if he could bring that scientific passion for exploration to a string quartet?
Twenty-six years later, we are still sharing music that brings out the endorphins. Music that asks why not?
Although Del Sol began in New Mexico, the quartet quickly found its home in San Francisco where the city matched our hunger for innovation. We feel drawn to the West Coast tradition of freethinking outsider artists, fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology, and artistic innovation. Our current lineup, marked by the arrival of violinist Sam Weiser alongside mainstays Kathryn Bates and Ben Kreith, looks to bring a fresh energy, freedom, and precision to our diverse repertoire.
Del Sol has commissioned and premiered pieces by our heroes like Ben Johnston, Gabriela Lena Frank, Frederic Rzewski, Chinary Ung and Terry Riley. And while we have remained committed to building a community in the Bay Area, our performances take us all over the country, from Boonville Grange Hall in northern California to the Library Congress in Washington DC, and all over the world, with recent trips to Switzerland and China.
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HYPERCUBE has appeared as guest artist at Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Charlotte New Music Festival, The Garrick Theatre (Newfoundland), Roulette Intermedium, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival (Knoxville), LPR presents (NYC), and the 40th International Festival of New Music “Manuel Enríquez” (Mexico City). With a national and international touring schedule, 2019 appearances include the Now Hear This Festival and Ritornello Chamber Music Festival (Western Canada). In addition to their performance season, HYPERCUBE participates in residencies at universities and conservatories across the US and Canada working with students at Cincinnati Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Memorial University (Newfoundland), Duke University, Oberlin Conservatory, Acadia University (Nova Scotia), Wesleyan, and CalArts.
From championing original works such as Louis Andriessen’s Hout, Philippe Hurel’s Localized Corrosion, and Chaya Czernowin’s Sahaf, to commissioning new works by composers Nicholas Deyoe, Farzia Fallah, Eric Wubbels, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Daniel Tacke, Erin Rogers, Amin Sharifi, Nomi Epstein, Christopher Adler, and Juan Trigos, HYPERCUBE has collaborated with composers such as Sam Pluta and Chris Cerrone, to freshly adapt works for the quartet. Hypercube will release its debut album this year on New Focus Recordings.
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“fearless and flawless… some of the most exciting playing I have ever heard.”
HYPERCUBE has built a reputation on high-energy performances with impressive execution. The NYC-based quartet embraces the boundaries of chamber music, featuring cutting-edge works for saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, while spanning electric and acoustic worlds.
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L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Stravinsky in a brilliant and entertaining arrangement by
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"Among the most exciting and ambitious new music ensembles in Washington, D.C." (Kyle Gullings, A Composer's Notebook), and "perhaps the DC region’s most exciting professional group dedicated to performing new classical music" (Jason McCool, The Pinkline Project), Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music.
Born in 2005 after composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has become one of the most important and adventurous ensembles in the District of Columbia's new music scene. Since its first concert in January, 2006, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, Poul Ruders and Louis Andriessen. They have presented concerts in venues ranging from intimate community concert spaces like the Patricia M. Sitar Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring to prestigious locales such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Gallery and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2008 Great Noise Ensemble became the Ensemble in Residence at The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, bringing at least two of its regular season programs to the university's Ward Hall each year as well as fulfilling their educational mission by coaching student performers in rehearsals and performances of new works and through the reading and professional record-ng of new works by Catholic University student composer and headlining the University's annual "New Voices" festival of contemporary vocal music. Great Noise Ensemble was also recently named the Ensemble in Residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, where they will headline a new music series beginning in the 2012-13 concert season.
Highlights of the 2010-11 season include world premieres of works by Hannah Lash, David Smooke, Cornelius Dufallo, Sean Doyle and Randall Woolf and performances of works by Pierre Jalbert, Robert Paterson, Angelica Negron, Eve Beglarian, D.J. Sparr, Marc Mellits, Carlos Carrillo, Rob Deemer, Al-exandra Gardner, Victoria Bond, Martin Van Brink, Stefan Freund, David Lang and Steve Reich at ven-ues like Ward Hall at the Catholic University of America, the Mansion at the Music Center at Strath-more and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The 2011-12 season also sees Great Noise Ensemble re-cording its first CD and making its New York debut at the Cutting Edge New Music Series at Symphony Space in April.. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
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