Archives for the month of: November, 2020

Friction Quartet Debuts New Works for C4NM

by Jessica Balik

Any creative undertaking is bounded by certain constraints, such as the time you have to finish it or the fixed size of your canvas. You can argue whether these constraints impede or enhance creativity. Indisputably, though, our current times provide plenty of them: Musicians cannot rehearse in groups while individually sheltering in place, for example, and even when musicians play together over a video conferencing platform, the vagaries of internet connectivity can cause parts that should happen simultaneously to align imperfectly.

But on Saturday, Nov. 28, San Francisco’s Center for New Music (C4NM) presented four new works for string quartet — by Davide Verotta, Shawne Anell Workman, Monica Chew, and Allan Crossman — that were created with virtual-performance restrictions in mind. The Friction Quartet, with each member playing from their own home, streamed this intrepid program called “Composing in the Time of the Pandemic.”

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Catch Dylan Rieck’s (MM ’09) concert debut of original music for solo cello, all composed during the 2020 pandemic. This concert is made possible with the generous support of Shierry Nicholsen and Michael Schultheis. The digital concert with interactive chat premieres on YouTube on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at 4:30pm PT…