Microfest: falcone | cubarsi
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Microfest: falcone | cubarsi
microtonal landscapes, part i
Music Style: New Music
March 02, 2018 @ 8pm

Boston Court's Winter Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

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Adventurous performers Sara Cubarsi and Madeline Falcone pair up for a program including Marc Sabat’s just intonation, Bach compositions, Bartók reimagined in microtonal arrangements, Catherine Lamb, and new works by Elischa Kaminer and Eyvind Kang.


falcone | cubarsi microtonal landscapes, part i Presented by Microfest

  • (in) tone by Catherine Lamb
  • landscapes, arr. falcone | cubarsi from Bartók's Mikrokosmos and Violin Duos
  • New Work* by Sara Cubarsi
  • New Work* by Eyvind Kang
  • Sei Bach-Intonazioni per Violino Solo, Ia* g minor Sonata (adagio; fuga; siciliana; presto ) by Marc Sabat

About the Artists

falcone | cubarsi

falcone | cubarsi is a Los Angeles-based duo created in 2017 by Madeline Falcone (violin/viola) and Sara Cubarsi (violin).

The duo's inaugural project was a recording of Marc Sabat's just intonation Bach interpretations with the composer in Berlin. Since then, Falcone and Cubarsi have performed together on modern, baroque, and electric instruments. In approaching both traditional and contemporary music the duo brings a sense of adventure, considering academic and historical study while allowing space for new, imaginative interpretations.

Madeline and Sara met by coincidence when they became housemates in 2016, and began studying and playing music together for fun. microtonal landscapes will be their fourth performance collaboration, and expands the ideas they began to explore through their initial study of just intonation Bach.

Madeline Falcone

Madeline Falcone is a violinist, violist, and producer interested in artistic collaboration and the performance of all kinds of music.

Recently featured as a soloist on acoustic and electric violin for the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Rising Artists series, Madeline is active in Los Angeles and New Orleans and performs regularly with the LA-based Isaura String Quartet and duo falcone | cubarsi.

As a proponent of experimental and contemporary music, Madeline has worked closely with composers including David T. Little, Gloria Coates, Marc Sabat, Anne LeBaron, Mark Menzies, and Jherek Bischoff. In the world of less experimental modern music, she has performed and recorded with The Eagles, The Temptations, the All-American Rejects, Demi Lovato, and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

In addition to her work as a performer, Madeline is interested in supporting interdisciplinary creative performances as a producer. Recent productions include Gifts of the Spirit with Ron Athey and The Broad Museum, Santa Paula Street Party Jam Session with Peter Sellars and the Ojai Music Festival, and Partch: LSD/Dementia with Anne LeBaron and Grammy award-winning ensemble Partch at REDCAT.

Madeline holds degrees from Loyola University New Orleans and California Institute of the Arts, where she studied with Mark Menzies and Lorenz Gamma.

Sara Cubarsi

The Catalan violinist Sara Cubarsi has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician and composer in major festivals in London, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Darmstadt, Lucerne, Bucharest and San Francisco. She is currently based in Los Angeles completing her doctorate at the California Institute of the Arts with a full scholarship from LaCaixa and the Michael Skloff Scholarship.

Her repertoire covers a wide array of styles and instruments, from early music on baroque violin to black metal on electric violin, with a focus on modern violin and (experimental) microtonal composition, seeking to expand the possibilities of the musical horizons.


falcone | cubarsi would like to acknowledge the generous efforts of the following institutions and individuals who made microtonal landscapes possible:

  • John Schneider and Aron Kallay @ MicroFest
  • Michael Fischer @ Michael Fischer Violin Shop
  • Mark Saltzman @ Boston Court
  • Mak Grgi%u0107 @ Mount. St. Mary’s University
  • Marc Sabat @ Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Wolfgang von Schweinitz @ California Institute of the Arts
  • Henry Jones @ HBJ Design
  • Angela So @ Angela So Photography
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