String Enthusiasts, Take Note(s)

It’s not every day that a group of young people strikes a chord in the world of strings. But one of the great things about New York is you’re just as likely to find them showing their stuff in a back room of a bar, or in someone’s living room, as you are in a famous hall with a big audience.

The Amphion String Quartet is making the rounds of the small spaces and hidden gems of New York City venues, but they’ve already been noticed: they’ve been selected to be among the young members (so-called CMS 2) of the famous Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center next year, a real mark of honor. On Sunday, they gave vigorous and exciting performances of Wolf, Janacek, Gershwin and Mendelssohn in the tiny back room at barbès, a little bar in Brooklyn. Go hear them before they’re well-known and ticket prices triple!  Fortunately, they’re playing a lot over the next week and over coming months.   Physicists at Brookhaven National Lab, take note: they are playing at the lab tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th; one link says noon, another 3 pm, so I’m not sure of the actual time.

Not sure whether to trust me?  You don’t have to. Listen, or watch, for yourself.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

[p.s. A trusted friend also recommends the Momenta Quartet.]

4 responses to “String Enthusiasts, Take Note(s)

  1. I love chamber music! Thanks so much for the info!

  2. The Schumann number has some great resonances.

  3. OMG. I HAVE HEARD STRING QUARTETS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST. THANKS FOR SHARING.

  4. john mcAllison

    Matt,
    I’ve always found it fascinating that so many intellectuals such as yourself, mathematicians etc love classical music!
    But even so, I think it’s important that you guys don’t end up stifling your creativity by not paying attention to other forms of popular music that don’t fall into the classical category.

    Therefore, may I suggest Benny Benassi Satisfaction HD

    I think the whole package is sheer genius, despite it not being classical, such as the way it fuses blatant sexism with the respectability of a power tool documentary. And of course there’s the use of Stephen Hawking’s voice box as an artistic tool.