The Eclipse Quartet with James Sullivan
GOLIJOV: Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
February 28, 2015

Showtime: 8pm

A semi-staged tour de force for string quartet and clarinet that dazzles the ear with melodies from Jewish folk to tango.

Golijov’s “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” is a dazzling piece of chamber music that serves as a tour de force for both the string quartet and clarinet.  With melodies that range from Jewish folk to Chassidic tango, the sounds and textures of the instruments evoke the mystical world of 12th century Provence, and of Rabbi Yitzhak Saggi Nehor the father of modern day Kaballah, also known as Isaac the Blind. With the brilliant dancer Andrew Pirozzi staged into the performance, another profound layer has been added into the music; evoking through movement and emotional expression Isaac’s Kabbalistic view of creation, life and death.

Tickets: $25/$20 for seniors

Artificialist.blogspot.com. December 2013
“The Eclipse Quartet really brought the piece to life with their brand of no-nonsense, spirited interpretation.”
Damjan Rakonjac

 

Fanfare July 2013
“… superbly played and recorded”
Lynn Rene Bayley

 

New York Times May 2012
“…A committed and focused performance”
Vivian Schweitzer

 

San Francisco Chronicle Jan 2012
“…there is no denying the brilliance and subtlety of this performance”
Joshua Kosman

 

I Care If You Listen.com   June 2012
“In this fine performance the Eclipse Quartet demonstrated a commitment, both emotionally and intellectually to the music they were presenting”
David Pearson

 

The Guardian Jan 2012
“…poised, ravishing recording”
Andrew Clements

 

About James Sullivan:

James Sullivan explores the versatility of the clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet in an expansive scope of styles and repertoire. Based in the Los Angeles area, he honed his microtonal skills studying maqam while playing for a decade with classical Arabic ensemble Kan Zaman. He premiered and recorded Ben Johnston’s Parable and has performed as a guest for Harry Partch’s Oedipus with the Partch Ensemble, where he became intimate friends with the Chromelodeon.

 

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