February 24, 2018
Co-commissioned by the PUBLIQuartet and Washington Performing Arts
Premiered at the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
“…this is a strong piece which requires a great deal of virtuosity and a handful of extended techniques…all in all a riot of a piece with good humor.”
This piece is lovingly dedicated to the intrepid PubliQuartet, who are on the forefront of redefining what it means to be part of this kind of ensemble in the 21st Century. For my first string quartet, I wanted to incorporate all the sounds I love as a string player. I was also inspired by rhythms found in funk, tango, and bluegrass music, in addition to the expressive ways of playing that are inherent to each of these genres. This piece is driven by groove, pathos, and virtuosity, with moments of improvisation allowing each member of the group to put their own personal signature on the piece. Most importantly, it is written from a place of self-realization, empowerment, and celebration of not having to accept what is deemed unacceptable – anymore.