Mivos Quartet

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Foto: Mivos Quartet CR: Blaise Hayward

Biography

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.
Darmstadt Echo

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. After performances in Brazil and Las Vegas, the musicians made 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.

2017/18 season

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Reviews

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)

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Programme suggestions

New York New Generation

Matthew Ricketts In Partial View
Alex Mincek String Quartet No. 3 "lift-tilt filter-split"
Mario Diaz de Leon Moonblood
George Lewis String Quartet 2.5 Playing with Seeds

Saul Williams: No One Ever Does

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)

French and American, New and Old

Charles Wuorinen Josquinana
Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit
Matther Ricketts In Partial View
Frank Bedrossian Traces d'Ombres

Seen/Unseen

Sofia Gubaidulina String Quartet No. 4
Jason Eckardt Ascension
Georg Friedrich Haas String Quartet No. 3 "In iij. Noct"

Bernstein at 100

Alban Berg Lyric Suite
Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet
Elliott Carter Fragments No. 1 & No. 2
Jeffrey Mumford the promises of the far horizon
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Repertoire

Selected Repertoire

Thomas Adés Arcadiana
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
more...
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Media Centre

Audio

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Discography

Mivos Quartet - Garden of different paths

Mivos Quartet - Garden of different paths

Taylor Brook - Andrew Greenwald, Kate Soper
© New Focus Recordings, 2016, 600116687128

Mivos Quartet - Reappearances

Mivos Quartet - Reappearances

Mincek – Rihm – Franzson - Lara
©  Mivos Quartet / Carrier Records 2013, 884501925792
 

Patrick Higgins & Mivos Quartet - Double Canon (String Quartet No.2)

Patrick Higgins & Mivos Quartet - Double Canon (String Quartet No.2)

Patrick Higgins - Mivos Quartet
© Ex Cathedra Records 2013, B00FGK5W6G
 

Zola Jesus - Versions

Zola Jesus - Versions

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
 

Sam Pluta - Machine Language

Sam Pluta - Machine Language

© Carrier Records 2013

Bojan Vuletić - Atemwende

Bojan Vuletić - Atemwende

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 - Quintet for Clarinet & Strings

Ned Rothenberg - Quintet for Clarinet & Strings

Ned Rothenberg's album-length work, featuring the composer and Mivos Quartet.
© Tzadik 2010, B003FCVJE6
 

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