#3554: All Fours

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Ensemble, et al (Ross Marshall, Jeffrey Eng, Charlie Kessenich and Ron Tucker)

Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin. Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, along with music from the Prism Sax Quartet (saxophones). Then there's music from the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Ensemble et al, - whose members "take a garage band approach" to chamber works, minimalism, modal jazz, and instrumental rock- on marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set. (The KISS t-shirt in some of their online photos does wonders to set their tone.)

Also, hear music composed for the four male voices of the Hilliard Ensemble by Ivan Moody.  Plus, listen to a classic piece for bassoon quartet by Peter Schickele, an adaptation of music by Leonard Bernstein for mandolin quartet, and music by Bill Ruyle for the Manattan Marimba Quartet.  And more.

PROGRAM #3554–Quartets (First aired on 1/16/2014)  

ARTIST: Dither Quartet
WORK: Fred Frith : "A" from The As Usual Dance Towards the Other Flight To What is Not [6:26]
RECORDING: Live from Monkeytown
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: ditherquartet.com

ARTIST: Ensemble et al
WORK: No Matter How Fast You Run Today You Will Never Catch Up to Tomorrow [5:17]
RECORDING: Present Point Passed
SOURCE: ensembleetal.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Hilliard Ensemble
WORK: Ivan Moody: Canticum Canticorum I - I. Surge, properea amica mea [2:12]
RECORDING: A Hilliard Songbook: New Music for Voices (2 CD set)
SOURCE: ECM 1614
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Hilliard Ensemble
WORK: Ivan Moody: Canticum Canticorum I - II. Descendi in hortum meum [1:57]
RECORDING: A Hilliard Songbook: New Music for Voices (2 CD set)
SOURCE: ECM 1614
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Hilliard Ensemble
WORK: Ivan Moody: Canticum Canticorum I - III. Ego dilecto meo [1:44]
RECORDING: A Hilliard Songbook: New Music for Voices (2 CD set)
SOURCE: ECM 1614
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Anna Webber
WORK:  1. DanCe [1:00]
RECORDING: Percussive Mechanics - Refraction
SOURCE: Pirouet Records
INFO: annawebber.bandcamp.com | annakristinwebber.com

ARTIST: Prism Quartet
WORK: Roshanne Etezady:  Keen [7:22]
RECORDING: 25th Anniversary CD Release Concert
SOURCE: Promo CD, not commercially available.
INFO: The work appears on Breath Beneath (New Dynamic Records.) prismquartet.com 
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ARTIST: Modern Mandolin Quartet 
WORK: West Side Story, Act 1 - Cool (Bernstein) [4:51]
RECORDING: Intermezzo
SOURCE: Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92157
INFO: naxos.com

ARTIST: Apocalyptica
WORK: Nothing Else Matters [4:42]
RECORDING: Inquisition Symphony
SOURCE: www.apocalyptica.com
INFO: available at bandmerch.seenon.com
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ARTIST: New York Bassoon Quartet
WORK: Peter Schickele: Last Tango in Bayreuth [2:24]
RECORDING: The New York Bassoon Quartet
SOURCE: Leonarda LE 348
INFO: leonarda.com

ARTIST: Stephan Micus
WORK: East of the Night, excerpt [3:12]
RECORDING: East of the Night
SOURCE: ECM 3641
INFO: www.ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Manhattan Marimba Quartet
WORK: Bill Ruyle: Raging Bell [11:37]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live, Merkin Hall 1988
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.