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Gabriel Kahane, Caroline Shaw, and Attacca Quartet with a new commission by inti figgis-vizueta

voice, piano, and string quartet

Sunday Concert

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Attacca Quartet

Two dynamic composer-performers known for their hybrid musical styles, Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw join forces with the brilliant Attacca Quartet for a special collaboration. Gabriel Kahane’s music defies easy categorization; he is equally at home composing string quartets and chamber works for the concert hall as he is writing albums of harmonically intricate indie-pop. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw has built a reputation for her ceaselessly inventive, collage-like approach to composition. Her 2019 album Orange presents six works for String Quartet performed by the Attacca Quartet.

Anchoring the program is a new commission from The Phillips Collection for Attacca Quartet by up-and-coming composer inti figgis-vizueta titled Drag || Drawfiggis-vizueta has chosen to explore two works by artists in the collection: Alyson Shotz’s 2005 installation for the Intersections series, The Allusion of Gravity, and an Untitled work from 2014 by DC-artist Linn Myers. figgis-vizueta explores Meyers and Shotz’s use of limited materials, repetition, motion, and the physicality of process, translating these qualities as musical source material from which to generate new proximities between the visual and the aural.

Funding for the Phillips Music Centennial Commission Fund is generously provided by the Sachiko Kuno Foundation.

This performance will be broadcast on this event page and is free with registration. Once you have registered, return to this page on May 2, 2021, scroll down to the section “Watch the Stream” and enter the password provided to you at registration. The performance will be available to view On-Demand for the following 7 days. 

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Once she got to sing in three part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows. Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.

Grammy award-winning Attacca Quartet, as described by The Nation, “lives in the present aesthetically, without rejecting the virtues of the musical past”, and it is this dexterity to glide from the music of the 18th through to the 21st century repertoire that place them as one of the most versatile and outstanding ensembles of the moment – a quartet for modern times.

Touring extensively in the United States, recent and upcoming highlights include Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series, Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival and Miller Theatre, both with Caroline Shaw, Phillips Collection, Chamber Music Austin, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Trinity Church at Wall Street where they will perform the complete cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets. Attacca Quartet has also served as Juilliard's Graduate Resident String Quartet, the Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University. Outside of the US, recent performances include Gothenburg Konserthuset, MITO Septembre Festival in Italy, and their debut in London at Kings Place and in Oslo at the Vertravo Haydn Festival. As well as their recent tour in Central and South America, they will return to Europe for a tour of ten concerts around Sweden as well as taking part in the Prague String Festival and September Me Festival in the Netherlands.

Passionate advocates of contemporary repertoire, their latest recording, Orange, features string quartet works by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. Greatly received by the critics, Attacca Quartet won the 2020 Grammy award in the category ​“Best Chamber Music/​Small Ensemble Performance” in recognition for their work on this album. Previous recordings include three critically acclaimed albums with Azica Records, including a disc of Michael Ippolito’s string quartets, and the complete works for string quartet by John Adams.

inti figgis-vizueta (b. 1993) is a New York-based composer whose music focuses on combinations of various notational schemata, disparate and overlaid sonic plans, and collaborative unlearning of dominant vernaculars. She often writes magically real musics through the lens of personal identities, braiding a childhood of overlapping immigrant communities and Black-founded Freedom schools—in Chocolate City (DC)--with direct Andean & Irish heritage and a deep connection to the land. Reviewers say her music constantly toes the line between "all turbulence" and "quietly focused" (National Sawdust Log), and “alternately smooth and serrated melodies” (The New York Times). inti is the recipient of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Fred Ho Award.

inti has been commissioned by JACK Quartet, Crash Ensemble, National Sawdust, Music from Copland House, The Phillips Collection, Jennifer Koh’s Arco Collaborative, and cellists Matt Haimovitz, Amanda Gookin, and Andrew Yee, among many others. Her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Seattle Symphony’s Contemporary Music Marathon, and the New Latin Wave Festival. She has collaborated with artists such as Attacca Quartet, Spektral Quartet, Wild Up, Alarm Will Sound, Face the Music, and clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich as well as been featured by organizations such as the American Composer’s Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Institute for New Music, and Mizzou New Music.

Her advocacy on access and education includes work with Luna Lab, Boulanger Initiative, New Music Gathering, and the International Contemporary Ensemble as well as articles for publications like American Composer’s Forum and Sound American. She curates for Score Follower, an online archive championing universal access to contemporary musics, with a focus on finding and featuring QTBIPOC artists. She gives regular lectures on her music, most recently at the Manhattan School of Music, UC Boulder, and American University.

inti maintains a private teaching studio alongside a sought-after commission schedule, and invitations for masterclasses & composition workshops. She teaches through the lens of queerness, indigenenous forms of transmission, and connecting diaspora to musicmaking through expanded & non-linear notational systems. inti studied privately with Marcos Balter, George Lewis, Donnacha Dennehy, and Felipe Lara.

inti loves reading poetry, particularly Danez Smith and Joy Harjo. inti honors her Quechua bisabuela, who was the only woman butcher on the whole plaza central and used to fight men with a machete.​

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