Eclipse Quartet perform Roscoe Mitchell, Sean Heim, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Ben Johnston

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

“A spellbinding performance…like breaths taken, each unique, but from the same source” – LA Times

May 21 & 22 Roulette presents highly acclaimed, Los Angeles based ensemble, Eclipse Quartet. An all female, musical powerhouse comprised of award winning musicians, Eclipse Quartet will present two fascinating evenings of programming featuring the New York premiere of Roscoe Mitchell’s 9/9.99 With Cards for String Quartet, Morton Feldman’s epic Piano and String Quartet, 1985 (featuring guest pianist Vicki Ray), String Quartet 1931 by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Amazing Grace by Ben Johnston. The fearless repertoire encompasses a wide spectrum of styles, the first night a courageous journey of color and minimalism as the quartet share the stage with guest pianist Vicki Ray to perform one of Feldmans last, intense and meditative pieces, and the second night diving deeply into the surreal and improvisational world of iconic musician and composer Roscoe Mitchell.

Full Program:

Monday, May 21, 8pm
Morton Feldman’s “Piano and String Quartet“, 1985
Featuring pianist Vicki Ray

Tuesday, May 22, 8pm
“9/9.99 With Cards For String Quartet” Roscoe Mitchell (NY Premiere)
“No Quarter” Sean Heim
“String Quartet 1931” Ruth Crawford Seeger
“Quartet No. 4 Variations on Amazing Grace” Ben Johnston

Featuring Grammy Award winning violinist Sara Parkins, violinist Sarah Thornblade, associate principal second violin of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, sought after violist Alma Lisa Fernandez and versatile, seasoned cellist Maggie Parkins, Eclipse Quartet  are a unique group dedicated to 20th century and present day composers. They boast a dynamic  and bold repertoire that features standard new music, micro-tones, subtones, electronic and improvised pieces, they are intrepid, unafraid, and unquestionably talented, making their upcoming New York engagement an event not to be missed.

As a group Eclipse Quartet have worked with Roger Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Ben Johnston, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Annie Gosfield, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Philip Glass, John King and Lois V. Vierk and have premiered new works by Zeena Parkins, Carla Kihlstedt, Justin Haynes, Gernot Wolfgang, Stephen Cohn and David Jaffe. They have performed across the globe, most notably the Scarlatti Festival in Naples, Italy, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the Angel City Jazz Festival. Individually, they are all incredibly achieved in a variety of musical avenues including education, motion picture soundtracks, chamber orchestras, commissions, professional recordings and more.