A review by N.Prufer about the performance of b(ell tree) by JACK quartet in NY

16 oct. 2011, “Sounds of a New Century” Festival, New York (USA)

Columbia / University’s Miller Theatre, JACK quartet

(…) Another gem that I was able to hear on that beautiful Sunday was Vykintas Baltakas’ b[ell tree]. The virtuosic JACK Quartet did a fantastic job realizing the score. It opens very minimalistically, with some dotted rhythms, and then slowly a beautiful counterpoint develops, which reminded me of Shostakovich’s string quartets. And while it started so sparsely and perhaps timidly, we then heard elegant, confident lines weaving through and around each other, blossoming. Surprisingly, the composer’s muse for this beautiful piece was a Swiss cowbell, as per the program. I would love to hear what this composer has to offer next. (…)

Neil Prufer

I Care If You Listen

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