Ringmasters: Marek Poliks

Marek Poliks write music that "mines for expressivity in threadbare spaces, exhausted resources, and modes of interdiction." He lives on the edge of notated music, writing pieces that focus heavily on the performer's interaction with the score.  The complex, and visually beautiful notation inspires multiple modes of response from interpreters and the sonic results are similarly multivalent.

I had a real freak-out when I heard his string quartet "ordinances(B)".  The strangled shimmers and terrifying groans of the instruments create a haze of harmony that challenge my ear and imagination.  As the notes fade in and out of speaking, I wonder: "How much space can music occupy in the world, and in my mind?"