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Olivia De Prato - violin
Lauren Cauley - violin
Victor Lowrie - viola
Mariel Roberts - cello
The four string players produce an unbelievable sound. It is as if they are putting all their trust in God and throwing themselves from a high cliff into the music. Sensitively, almost dreamily, but at the same time completely in control.
The Mivos Quartet is wholeheartedly devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. As “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader) the four musicians, who are all resident New Yorkers, can regularly be seen in the USA and in Europe with their interpretations of new and cutting-edge repertoire. The Mivos Quartet, whose members are composers and arrangers themselves, is particularly interested in a consistent and long-term collaboration with composers.
The quartet already boasts a substantial list of such collaborations and counts, among others, Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Luke DuBois, Felipe Lara, Mario Diaz de Leon and Tristan Perich, as well as the musician and poet Saul Williams among its artistic partners. While they regularly appear at New York venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Kennedy Center, Zankel Hall, MoMA and The Stone, world premieres of new works by composers of their own generation such as Richard Carrick, Sam Pluta, Mark Barden, Scott Wollschleger, Patrick Higgins and Clemens Gadenstätter have taken the musicians to festivals that include Wien Modern, the Lucerne Festival and the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. Their performance there in 2012 served as a door-opener to further European festivals. In 2014 the quartet returned to Darmstadt for several concerts after being awarded a scholarship by the Summer Courses, including a lecture recital with Helmut Lachenmann on his String Quartet No. 2.
The musicians had already performed Helmut Lachenmann’s third string quartet Grido in 2012 together with the composer at the Aldeburgh Music Festival. Further ports of call in Europe have included the Asphalt Festival in Düsseldorf, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Klang Festival in Copenhagen and Transart Festival in the Trentino-Alto Adige region in South Tyrol. Following performances in Brazil and Las Vegas, the musicians will make appearances in the 2016/17 season in Switzerland, at the Eclat Festival in Stuttgart and ACHT Brücken festival in Cologne.
After their highly praised debut album Reappearances was released in 2013, the Mivos Quartet brought out a second CD Garden of Diverging Paths in June 2016 featuring works by Kate Soper, Andrew Greenwald and Taylor Brook. The Dust Moves, a further multimedia project realised by the quartet and composed and animated by the New York saxophonist Dan Blake, was released on DVD in January 2016. The collaboration is part of a plethora of projects with which the musicians have made a name for themselves as performers of improvised music with avant-garde jazz musicians such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed, Timucin Sahin and Nate Wooley.
The members of the Mivos Quartet frequently perform with leading new music ensembles in New York including Ensemble Signal, Wet Ink, SEM Ensemble and Wordless Music Orchestra. In addition to their international concert activities they are active lecturers at master courses, which have taken them to universities in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Istanbul, among others. The quartet also runs the annual Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize, established to support the work of emerging and mid-career composers and to encourage continued interest in new compositions for string quartet. As co-initiators of the I Creation Prize, which is awarded every two years, they promote string quartet works by talented emerging composers of Chinese descent worldwide.
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Music eats literature and literature dines on music, and Mivos Quartet's Garden of Diverging Paths is an album of beautiful cannibalsim. As a theme, the intersection of words and sounds is a path crowded with footprints, but what elevates this effort is genuinely exceptional programming and the full ...digestion... of the scores on the part of the quartet.
WQXR RADIO NEW YORK CITY, 13/06/2016, Doyle Ambrust on the new CD "Garden of Diverging Paths"
Hearing the Mivos quartet play the Lachenmann 3rd string quartet was one of the great musical experiences of my life… I felt like an elemental spirit coming to life – autonomous, volatile, and powerful… I can only recommend you listen to it, closely.
WWW.LOGANSTROSAHL.COM, 18/05/2016, Logan Strosahl – on Lachenmann's String Quartet No. 3, "Grido"
The remarkable New York string ensemble Mivos Quartet, a fearless, precise, and forward-looking new-music group dedicated to some of the toughest material being written today.
THE CHICAGO READER, 10/04/2015, Peter Margasak – on concert of the same day
Never has a concert consisting almost exclusively of extended techniques felt so much like a meal of comfort food... [Mivos] is so adroit at this literature, it's as if you were hearing these instruments played in the manner for which they have always been intended.
CLEVELAND CLASSICAL, 23/03/2015, Mike Telin
Mivos Quartet has a highly distinctive musical personality... performances of edge-of your seat intensity which still display a remarkable sense of subtle give and take within the ensemble. With performances this assured, incisive, and entertaining, the Mivos Quartet is an ensemble to be held in the highest regard.
THE STRAD MAGAZINE, 07/08/2014, David Kettle – on Minceks string quartet n3
This vital young New York string quartet embraces toothy modernism with punk-rock verve.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, 04/12/2013, Steve Smith – on the publication of Reappearances (Carrier)
|Taylor Brook||El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan (2013)|
|Andrew Greenwald||A thing is a hole in a thing it is not (2010)|
|Kate Soper||Nadja for string quartet and soprano (2015)|
|Eric Wubbels||being time for string quartet and live electronics (CMA Commission)|
|Mario Diaz de Leon||Moonblood|
|Thomas Kessler||NGH WHT, for spoken word & string quartet (2007)|
|Saul Williams/Mivos||Ongoing collaborative work created by Williams and Mivos|
|Ted Hearne||The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask (2016)|
|Brian Ferneyhough||String Quartet No. 2 (1981)|
|Patrick Higgins||String Quartet No. 3 (2014)|
|Sam Pluta||Chain Reactions/Five Events for string quartet & live electronics (2013)|
|George Lewis||New work|
|Thomas Adés||Arcadiana (1994)|
|J. S. Bach||Contrapunctus XIX from The Art of the Fugue BWV 1080 (arr. Higgins)|
|Helmut Lachenmann||String Quartet No. 3|
|Andy Akiho||LIgNEouS for string quartet and marimba|
|Béla Bartók||String Quartet No. 3|
|Carl Bettendorf||Il y a l'océan|
|Alban Berg||Lyric Suite|
|Benjamin Britten||String Quartet No. 3|
|Kirsten Broberg||"i n s t i l l n e s s" for string quartet and clarinet|
|William Byrd||Mass in Four Voices (arranged for string quartet)|
|Jorge Sanchez-Chiong||Chromatic Aberration for string quartet and turntables|
|Elliott Carter||String Quartet No. 3|
|Anna Clyne||Roulette for string quartet and electronics|
|George Crumb||Black Angels|
|John Cage||String Quartet in Four Parts|
|R. Luke DuBois||String Quartet in Four Parts|
|Tan Dun||Hard Data for amplified string quartet and live video|
|David Brynjar||A Sinking Love for string quartet and soprano|
|Reiko Füting||Franzson on Repetition and Reappearances|
|Philip Glass||,,und ich bin dein Spiegel" for string quartet and soprano|
|Patrick Higgins||String Quartets Nos. 3, 4 and 5|
|String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3|
|Felipe Lara||Corde Vocale|
|Helmut Lachenmann||String Quartet No. 2, Reigen seliger Geister ; String Quartet No. 3, Grido|
|György Kurtág||Hommage À Mihály András: 12 Mikroludien|
|Guillaume de Machaut||Messe de Nostre Dame|
|Missy Mazzoli||Death Valley Junction|
|Alex Mincek||String Quartet No. 2, tenor; String Quartet No. 3, lift-tilt-filter-split|
|Tristan Perich||Salt, for string quartet and 1-bit electronics|
|Sam Pluta||Lyra for amplified string quartet|
|Chain Reactions / Five Events for string quartet and live electronics|
|Wolfgang Rihm||String Quartets Nos. 4 & 11|
|Ned Rothenberg||Quintet for Clarinet and Strings|
|Huang Ruo||The Flag Project for string quartet and Tibetan finger cymbals|
|Kaija Saariaho||Nymphea, for string quartet and electronics|
|Elliot Sharp||Dispersion of Seeds|
|Samson Young||17, for string quartet and 8-bit electronics|
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Taylor Brook - Andrew Greenwald, Kate Soper
© New Focus Recordings, 2016, 600116687128
Mincek – Rihm – Franzson - Lara
© Mivos Quartet / Carrier Records 2013, 884501925792
Patrick Higgins - Mivos Quartet
© Ex Cathedra Records 2013, B00FGK5W6G
Reimaginings of Zola Jesus’ songs through news arragements by J.G Thirlwell.
All music composed by Zola Jesus, Mivos Quartet and JG Thrilwell.
© Sacred Bones Records, 2013, 616892138945
© Carrier Records 2013
Atemwende (Nate Wooley and Mivos Quartet) composition for string quartet and trumpet in 9 parts (appr. 60 minutes) by Bojan Vuletic (2011) inspired by and dedicated to Paul Celan
© Ignoring Gravity Music, 2012, UW9094
Ned Rothenberg's album-length work, featuring the composer and Mivos Quartet.
© Tzadik 2010, B003FCVJE6
On the move in Europe and equipped with freshly composed American music as is so often the case, the Mivos Quartet is also travelling with a two-month-old this time (“a travel baby, he falls asleep to Ferneyhough,” the parents assure). Whatever the situation, the four musicians have made it their mission to bring the latest music from the new world to the rest of the world. On their recent concert tour, which took them to the Stuttgart Eclat Festival amongst other venues, the ensemble also performed in Berlin, and we took the opportunity to discuss transatlantic cultural hopping and the liberating effect of the most contemporary music....