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CD Release and Momenta Festival

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
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World Premieres in Ithaca and NYC

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’
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Featured Composer: Matthew Greenbaum

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
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January Concerts and Washington Post Review

In January Momenta traveled to Washington D.C. and Columbia, Maryland to present a pair of concerts on the theme of “Radical Romantics.” Each concert showcased a quartet of Leoš Janáček surrounded by music of Brahms, Webern, Eric Nathan, Philip Glass, and microtonal Mexican maverick Julián Carrillo. The first concert at the National Gallery featured Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters pr
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Fall Residencies at Bates and Binghamton

The Momenta Quartet rounded out its Fall 2014 season with a fulfilling and action-packed pair of college residencies! We made a return visit to Bates College in Maine and our very first to Binghamton University in upstate New York. Our immense gratitude goes to Bates music faculty members Gina Fatone (director of the Bates Gamelan ensemble) and Hiroya Miura (who conducted the gamelan), and Bates Olin Arts Center mana
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Announcing our 2014/2015 Season

ERIC NATHAN PORTRAIT CONCERT September 19, 8pm Tenri Cultural Institute (43A W. 13th St. NYC) $20 suggested donation A concert of the chamber works of 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2013 Rome Prize recipient Eric Nathan, including two quartets written for and previously premiered by Momenta. Momenta will collaborate with oboist Peggy Pearson and violist Samuel Rhodes, formerly of the Juilliard Quartet, on two other p
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Momenta’s Debut Album is Recorded!

We are excited to announce that our Hatchfund campaign was a success, and our debut album has been recorded! We spend four days last month at Systems Two in Brooklyn with producers Judith Sherman and Jason Kao Hwang and recording engineer John Gurrin, as well as guest violinist Cyrus Beroukhim.  Our CD will be released early in 2015 on Albany Records featuring music of Debussy, Arthur Kampela, and Philip Glass. We co
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Support Momenta’s Debut Album!

The Momenta Quartet is thrilled to announce the launch of a Hatchfund campaign to raise money for MOMENTA: the debut album! In keeping with our eclectic musical world view, the CD will include one venerable “standard” by Claude Debussy, alongside the world premiere recording of Brazilian avant-garde composer Arthur Kampela’s Uma faca só lâmina (A Knife All Blade, 1998) and the first ever all-string recording of Phili
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Vermont Public Radio Performance

Momenta is reporting to you from Vermont this week where we are taking part in an intensive Yellow Barn artist residency. We’re working on Debussy Quartet and Ives Second Quartet with esteemed Yellow Barn faculty Roger Tapping and Gil Kalish. The residency will culminate tomorrow night with a performance of both works at Putney’s Next Stage. We’ve been having a great time working on these pieces and
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