“I like to think of [Attacca Quartet] as collectors of joy,” says their cellist, Andrew Yee. New York’s Grammy Award-winning Attacca (pronounced ah-TAK-ah) Quartet “believes in and celebrates” music of the 20th and 21st centuries; in this performance, which bridges the Robert Mann Chamber Music Series and our week celebrating the Music of Today, the Quartet brings raucous and funky music from contemporary greats Caroline Shaw (who is “like a fifth member of our quartet,” says Yee), Gabriella Smith (whose Carrot Revolution was commissioned by composer John Adams for the Quartet), Philip Glass, L.A. producer and DJ Flying Lotus, and more.
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John Adams, selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Flying Lotus, Clock Catcher; Remind U; Pilgrim Side Eye
Anne Müller, Drifting Circles
Louis Cole, Real Life
Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima”
Caroline Shaw, The Evergreen
Gabriella Smith, Carrot Revolution
- 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 between the music of the 18th through to 21st century living composer’s repertoire that has placed them as one of the most versatile and outstanding ensembles of the moment – a quartet for modern times. Learn more about the Attacca Quartet or watch their Tiny Desk Concert at NPR
- “At his core, [John Adams] is a master musician, a composer who has managed to live up to the standards set by the greats before him yet carve out a fresh, distinctively American and arguably timeless musical niche of his own.” Read more about 2022 composer-in-residence John Adams in this profile
- Composer John Adams: “The dances were ‘alleged’ because the steps for them had yet to be invented (although by now a number of choreographers, including Paul Taylor, have created pieces around them).” Read more of Adams’ perspective on his Alleged Dances, four of which are performed here
- “Mr. Mann — for decades the [Juilliard String Quartet]’s de facto spokesman, institutional memory and ‘resident spark plug,’ as The Chicago Tribune called him in 1997 — remained with the ensemble for 51 years. By the time he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, as well several subsequent permutations, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world.” Read more of the New York Times’ obituary for Robert Mann, for whom our chamber series is named