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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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Eastman School of Music Residency

Momenta kicked off the month of March with our very first visit to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Our five-day-long residency had been in careful advance planning for well over a season, and included elements central to our quartet mission: to champion the work of living composers by disseminating their works in performance and recordings; to present stimulating programs drawn from diverse musical infl
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Featured Composer: Elizabeth Brown

Featured Composer Elizabeth Brown: In Conversation with Stephanie Griffin In preparation for the premiere of Elizabeth Brown‘s string quartet “Just Visible in the Distance” (2013) on February 20th at Brooklyn’s Firehouse Space, Momenta’s violist Stephanie Griffin sat down with Elizabeth for an interview. Tickets for the event can be purchased here, and Elizabeth’s famous guacamole
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January Events in New York and New Jersey

Happy New Year from Momenta! We are back in action after a brief separation which took Stephanie to Brazil (land of Arthur Kampela!) and Emilie and Michael to Boston and Calgary where they performed with our friends in A Far Cry. Our first concerts of 2014 are near home: in and around Princeton, NJ, and two consecutive nights in Manhattan. Being that it’s a new year, we also have two new collaborators joining us for
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2013 Year in Review

It has been an exciting and productive year for Momenta! 2013 saw more concerts, more world premieres, and more Momenta than ever before! With the holidays coming up, we decided to share with you our own personal reflections on our favorite Momenta moments from 2013. Enjoy, and see you in the new year! Emilie: To me, the most enjoyable projects sometimes happen unexpectedly during transitional times of the “con
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