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Friction Quartet
From Gaga to Ravel: Not Your Typical String Quartet
June 02, 2017

An exciting evening of new music and covers from the acclaimed Friction Quartet. From Lady Gaga to Ravel, this won't be your typical concert experience.

Featuring Otis Harriel, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers, and Taija Warbelow

With Music by Missy Mazzoli, Marc Mellits, John Halle, Maurice Ravel, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears.

Join Friction Quartet before the show for a pre-show discussion. Talk begins at 7:15pm. The performance begins at 8pm.

Rep List

  • Tapas - Marc Mellits
  • Spheres - John Halle
  • Harp and Altar - Missy Mazzoli
  • Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • Toxic - Britney Spears
  • String Quartet in F major- Maurice Ravel

 

Friction Quartet exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop.  They also participated in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they gave their Detroit debut and appeared with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. The quartet received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from composer and steel pan percussionist Andy Akiho.  John Adams shared Friction’s video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it “spectacular.” They are the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and also hold residencies with the Napa Valley Performing Arts Association and SF Friends of Chamber Music.

While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They are the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition. Friction placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, The St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet program, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.“The members of the Friction Quartet — four gifted and alert young string players with roots in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music — seem to have adopted an appropriate name not just for their ensemble, but for an entire vein of musical thought.  The pieces the group unveiled during an engrossing concert on Friday night at the Center for New Music in San Francisco shared a predilection for the gritty, the intense, the rhythmically pungent. Throughout the entire program — which included some new works written for the ensemble and others of less recent vintage — you could hear the expressive potential of bows rubbing abrasively against strings.  This was high-octane music-making, and the Frictioneers…brought to all of it a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”

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-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco ChronicleFriction Quartet exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop.  They also participated in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they gave their Detroit debut and appeared with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. The quartet received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from composer and steel pan percussionist Andy Akiho.  John Adams shared Friction’s video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it “spectacular.” They are the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and also hold residencies with the Napa Valley Performing Arts Association and SF Friends of Chamber Music.
While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They are the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition. Friction placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, The St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet program, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festiva
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