Interview by Stephanie Griffin (SG) with composer and friend of Momenta, Eric Nathan (EN). June 9th, 2013- New York, NY SG: I’m here in Eric Nathan’s living room, where we just had a Momenta rehearsal on his new piece “Multitude, Solitude,” which we are going to premiere at the Chelsea Music Festival on June 16. So, Eric, my first experience playing your music was playing the quartet, “Four to One,” that you wrote f
Posted by Adda Kridler Last fall, when I officially joined the Momenta Quartet, a particular theme during rehearsals (besides Fatfest – I’ll get to that in a bit) was a running, ominous joke/threat: “Just wait until we get to Kampela.” I had Asmira’s old Kampela part, and I’d briefly perused it, with its fastidiously maniacal notation and its 5:6 under 7:4 rhythms, but hey, I’
The Momenta Quartet would like to invite you to 2 outbursts of “Chamber Metal” this month: THIS Sunday, May 19, 4p Look and Listen Festival Pratt Manhattan Gallery 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues) New York, NY Tickets: $15 in advance or at the door, $35 All-Festival pass Momenta will be joined by violist Jessica Meyer and cellist Sean Katsuyama for the US premiere of ECHOPRAXIA (2006) by
Spring is finally here and Momenta is thrilled to announce that we’re having a party! In the spirit of our annual Kampelathon parties we are hosting the 2013 “Wake and Bake,” an afternoon of music, coffee, and baked goods. (Disclaimer: the only hallucinogen offered at this event will be the music of Arthur Kampela!) Please join us for an open house and open rehearsal on the remarkable music of Brazi
Interview by Stephanie Griffin. The music of Gordon Beeferman occupies a special place in the Momenta Quartet’s unique personal repertoire. Since meeting Gordon, there has probably not been a single Momenta rehearsal at which at least one of us has not spontaneously erupted into the striking opening motive of his first string quartet. This Saturday, March 30th at 6pm we are pleased to offer the New York premiere of Q
For those of you who may not have noticed, there is something strange in the air these days. Not only has a meteor just recently hit Siberia….but there has also been an unprecedented number of viola-centric events closer to home throughout this month. Tonight at 7:30pm EST and this Friday, February 19th at 7pm, you can enjoy the experience of seven violists with five dancers
Momenta gets a mention in the New Yorker this month! Here’s a little tidbit: “The Momentas were at their most potent in Haydn’s Opus 20 No. 1, applying opulent, sustained legato in the slow movement. Few American players assume Haydn’s idioms with such ease.” Read the full review…
Our first concert of the year will take place on Tuesday, January 8th, at 10pm at the Stone. We’re performing a program called “American Idyll,” including works by Eric Nathan, Stefan Wolpe, Elliott Carter, Christian Wolff, and John Cage. Read more to see the program notes, and we hope to see you Tuesday at 10pm!