In Equal Measure

April 12th, 2018

MoVE (Modern Violin Ensemble)



“In Equal Measure” is a commentary on the existing pay gap between men and women. In October of 2017, thousands of Icelandic women left work at 2:38 p.m. and demonstrated outside parliament to protest the gender pay gap. Women’s rights groups calculate that after that time each day, women are working for free. As part of this protest, they performed the traditional Viking “Thunderclap” to communicate their strength. In 2018, Iceland became the first country to legalize equal pay between men and women when doing the exact same work.

Commissioned by MoVE, this quartet emotionally explores the various situations women find themselves in every day to have their work considered in equal measure to the men around them, through the lens of four equally virtuosic violinists.

Intrigued by the relationship between art and social context, MoVE is an innovative quartet made up of four critically-acclaimed violinists (Lina Bhan, Livia Sohn, Carolyn Stuart, and Janet Sung) who came together through friendship and a desire to inspire, create, and advocate with an awareness of social issues.

Live at the Katzen Center in Washington D.C. with MoVE