It’s been a whirlwind season so far, and the Momenta Quartet thanks all of you for being a part of it! After attending the opening night of our recent Momenta Festival II, music writer George Loomis praised us for our “enterprising spirit,” and we are at it again – actively scheming towards the Momenta Festival III in October 2017. The Momenta Festival is the most ambitious project we have ever taken on as a quartet.
Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 @ Tenri, NYC Four distinctive programs, each curated by a different Momenta First-time Festival programming by newly-joined violinist ALEX SHIOZAKI • Centennial celebrations of Dutilleux and Ginastera • • Daring pairings of Japanese modernism and Beethoven • • Beloved classics by Janáček, Grieg, Cage, Ysaÿe • PLUS: Wang Lu World Premiere, and Tony Prabowo’s fiery Indonesian string quarte
Momenta is performing on two NYC music festivals before we break for the summer for individual projects, travels, and adventures. We hope you can join us! Chelsea Music Festival Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 pm In honor of his centenary, we will be playing Henri Dutilleux’ masterpiece Ainsi La Nuit, and a work written for Momenta by Takuma Itoh as part of the Chelsea Music Festival. More details on the full program here.
We hope you can join us for two concerts coming up this week: Thursday, April 14, 8pm Interpretations Series Music by Adam Rudolph and Marek Choloniewski Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY Admission: $20 general, $15: students/seniors/Roulette members Purchase Tickets Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm Musica Reginae Two Octets for Two Quartets String Octets by Mendelssohn and Enescu with the Daedalus Quartet The Chur
The Interpretations series is celebrating the great American composer Alvin Singleton at 75! I hope you all can join the Momenta Quartet, pianist Joseph Kubera, cellist Meaghan Burke and bassist James Ilgenfritz this Thursday for this very special occasion: Thursday, March 10, 8pm Alvin Singleton at 75! Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY Admission: $20 general, $15: students/seniors/Roulette members Program: A
Support the Momenta Festival 2016! Following the success and critical acclaim of this year’s festival, we need your help to make it happen again! With four concerts, each one curated by a different member of the quartet, the festival is a whirlwind tour of music spanning five centuries and showcasing our eclectic musical tastes. The 2016 festival will feature even more world premieres and exciting guest artists
We are thrilled to announce our debut full-length recording, Similar Motion, arriving October 1, 2015 on Albany Records. To celebrate the occasion, we will present the first-ever Momenta Festival at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, September 30 – October 4. The title of Momenta’s debut album not only refers to the album’s opening track–a masterpiece of early minimalism by Philip Glass
Momenta is on its way to Ithaca today to give two concerts at Cornell University’s Barnes Hall in Ithaca, New York on April 22 (that’s tomorrow) and April 23 at 8pm. Tomorrow’s concert will be a celebration of the music of Mexican microtonal maverick Julián Carrillo, in collaboration with musicologist and Carrillo scholar Alejandro L. Madrid. And on April 23 we will perform as part of Cornell composer Michael Small’
Momenta’s latest featured composer is Matthew Greenbaum, one of the earliest supporters of the quartet. Momenta premieres his work “More Venerable Canons” on February 25th at Tenri Gallery in Manhattan. Stephanie Griffin (SG) sat down with Matthew (MG) recently for this interview. Enjoy! SG: I’m here with Matthew Greenbaum who is a very important composer to the Momenta Quartet. In fact, one could e