Oh My God, I'll Never Get Home by Dave Reminick
Movement 3 of Dave's five-part "The Ancestral Mousetrap" is driving and fun, and owes a lot to the composer's work with his amazing post-punk band Paper Mice. Dig it!
Black Angels by George Crumb
A performance of this modern masterpiece in March 2015 at Constellation in Chicago.
"Zin zin zin zin" by L.J. White
LJ wrote this ditty based on a scat improv by rapper Mos Def, himself calling back to Afrika Bambaataa. The piece is by turns aggressive and hilarious, a conversation (or argument) between four loud personalities.
"Apo Do" by Mathias Spahlinger
We were honored to be invited to participate in "there is no repetition," a festival dedicated to the music and philosophy of composer Mathias Spahlinger. "Apo Do" employs all manner of unconventional musical expression and singular formal design, questioning the very building blocks of musical language. These performances in March, 2015 were the first American performances of the work.
Concertino by Igor Stravinsky
A picaresque puppet theater of characters, Stravinsky's "Concertino" was conceived as a short piece to be programmed amidst classical works for the Flonzaley Quartet, much like many of the works we commission today.
Hiding Your Present From You by Arthur Russell, arr. by Katherine Young
A veritable hoedown of extended techniques and fascinating textures, Katherine Young's adaptation of Arthur Russell is an audience favorite.
Quartet in A minor, Op 132 - 1st Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
Our performance of Beethoven's masterful String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 live on WFMT, Dec. 8, 2014. A cornerstone of the quartet literature and our repertoire.
Quartet No 2 "Company" by Philip Glass
Glass is the subtle master using an economy of means to create depths of emotional resonance. This is one of our absolute favorite minimalist works.