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Separation Songs

Date, location, and tickets

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
at 8:00 PM

Monk Space
4414 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Event Information

Celebrating Cold Blue Music’s recent release of Matt Sargent’s haunting 70-minute continuous work for two string quartets, “Separation Songs” (http://coldbluemusic.com/new-releases/), the Eclipse Quartet will be joined by the Aperture Duo, along with Grace Oh and Julie Jung, in a presentation of the work on the Tuesday’s @ Monk Space concert series. Composer–performer–music technologist Matt Sargent’s piece juxtaposes and weaves together an array of 18th-century composer William Billings’s hymn tunes, subtly altering certain aspects of them as the piece unfolds. The composer writes, “Throughout the piece, hymn tunes come and go, passing from one quartet to the other. As tunes reappear, they filter through a ‘separation process,’ whereby selected notes migrate from one quartet to the other.  This process leaves breaks in the music that either remain silent or are filled in by stretching the durations of nearby notes, generating new rhythms and harmonies.”