Aeolus Quartet with Mark Morris Dancers

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30 PM

Explore the avant-garde of 1960s Japan and its legacy in this intriguing performance of music and modern dance. Featured are works by two Japanese composers who were active during the period: two string quartets by Toru Takemitsu (Landscape and Autumn Leaves), and Akira Miyoshi’s Quartet no. 3 (Constellation in Black). Complementing these are Henry Cowell’s United Quartet (a 1930s piece that anticipated the avant-garde), Quartet no. 3 (Mishima) by Philip Glass (whose work emerged from 1960s influences), and the ethereal Tenebrae by Osvaldo Golijov (an experimentalist of more recent vintage). The Aeolus Quartet is joined by Mark Morris dancers Billy Smith and Lesley Garrison, whose original choreography will help recreate the genre-crossing atmosphere of Tokyo’s famed Sogetsu Art Center in the 1960s.

Awarded a Guarneri Quartet Residency in 2015, the Aeolus Quartet has been described as “clearly a quartet to watch . . . [whose] impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

Image by Deborah Feingold for Eventbrite

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: $6 in advance (reserved seating); free at the door