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Everything Changes, Nothing Changes

JACK Quartet's first self-curated multi-composer disc, "Everything Changes, Nothing Changes," music by Sabrina Schroeder and Tyshawn Sorey

Overview

JACK Quartet has recorded 35 albums in our thirteen years as a quartet. Having partnered with composers in their mission to document their work as a part of portrait discs that represent career milestones and artistic achievements, more recently JACK has embraced a more active role in commissioning new work. In 2019, we are planning our first self-curated multi-composer disc, Everything Changes, Nothing Changes, featuring new works by Sabrina Schroeder and Tyshawn Sorey.

The title is taken from the first quartet by Tyshawn Sorey, written for and premiered by JACK in July 2018, at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity as part of the EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program. Sorey’s piece is a tour-de-force of subtle voicings, beautifully shifting harmonies, and a meltingly perfect pacing of pulsating string sounds over a long form.

The music of Tyshawn Sorey defies time-worn genre definitions and challenges the gate-keepers of classical music to recognize the compositional work of musicians of color often incorrectly categorized as jazz artists. An excellent improvisor in a number of styles, from the most autre sonic experimentations, to modern jazz, and more popular styles, Sorey has made a name for himself as a performer of his own and others’ music. However, his compositional voice enters the concert hall as a unique presence in the young generation, as he possesses a singular ear for harmony and a staggering formal control. Sorey uses number games as well as his polymath sonic imagination to create groundbreaking scores.

Completing the disc is another commission from 2018, UNDERROOM by Sabrina Schroeder. Schroeder is a master of sonic exploration through the lens of live and studio digital techniques and the creation of machine instruments. Schroeder re-imagines instruments to create entirely new idiomatic languages for familiar musical vehicles: re-tuning, de-tuning, and playing with the edges of sound that many shun. UNDERROOM premiered at the TIME SPANS Festival in August 2018, with support from the technicians and a residency with the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg.

In her quartet, Schroeder explores meditative terrain through a completely different magnifying glass. Her work zooms in on the air and low vibrations the quartet creates through extended playing techniques fine-tuned in close collaboration, unearthing a seismic energy that never erupts, a power in close listening and intuitive creativity. Where Sorey deals intimately with harmony through traditional string playing, Schroeder blows up those sustained sounds and offers a sound world of shifting colors. Each string, each air noise, and every transformation of these sounds through her electronics is an unexpected prism for harmonious and dissonant accord. By the end of the piece, each bow stroke takes on great weight as toneless efforts produce a muffled, but urgent, expressive energy that is ripped off in full bloom.

JACK plans to record these works in July 2019, at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada. Editing, mixing, and mastering will occur in New York, NY in Fall 2019, with a projected release date of Spring 2020.

Project Media

Sabrina Schroeder: UNDERROOM (2018)
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“UNDERROOM” premiered at the TIME SPANS Festival in August 2018, with support from the technicians and a residency with the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg. In “UNDERROOM,” Schroeder explores meditative terrain through a completely different magnifying glass. Her work zooms in on the air and low vibrations the quartet creates through extended playing techniques fine-tuned in close collaboration, unearthing a seismic energy that never erupts, a power in close listening and intuitive creativity.

Performed by JACK Quartet

Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018)
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“Everything Changes, Nothing Changes” is the first quartet by Tyshawn Sorey, written for and premiered by JACK in July 2018, at the Banff Centre for the Arts as part of the EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program. JACK and Sorey collaborated on details of “Everything Changes, Nothing Changes” while in residence at the Banff Centre. Sorey’s piece is a tour-de-force of subtle voicings, beautifully shifting harmonies, and a meltingly perfect pacing of pulsating string sounds over a long form.

Performed by JACK Quartet

Sabrina Schroeder: Slip Trains (2011)
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Written for JACK, “Slip Trains” explores a transient sonic world. The first layer is played with the wood of the bow and forms film of matte, grey wires that are all interconnected, a background layer for the piece. Occasionally, arco sounds light up one of these wires, a sudden pulsation of light. As we travel by in a train, these lights pass at seemingly at different speeds based on how far they are from our window.

Performed by JACK Quartet

Start and End Dates

07/01/201905/31/2020

Location

New York, New York

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New York, New York
Deemed “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.” (Washington Post) “They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us.” (Toronto Star) The recipient of Lincoln…

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