“The quartet proved that they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily [and] a capacity to make complicated music clear…”
—The New York Times
The Spektral Quartet offers a sneak-peek of its 2015/16 Chicago season closer, Yacht Rock, at Logan Square favorite Comfort Station. The program celebrates three new and recent works by composers Mikel Kuehn, Sam Pluta (world premiere), and Tomás Gueglio-Saccone.
The hocketing of voices is at the center of Gueglio-Saccone’s “Decals II." Scrapes and plunks of extended techniques provide an ornamentation from which a lullaby emerges, with each note of the melody passed gracefully throughout the ensemble.
Bowling Green State University professor of composition Mikel Kuehn found himself captivated by Italo Calvino’s beautifully disorienting novel “If on a winter’s night, a traveler” when writing his first string quartet, a Spektral Quartet commission. A work of patient beauty, this mesmeric score traces the ten stories-within-the-story that frame Cavalo’s literary experiment.
NYC-based Sam Pluta is perhaps best known for his use of electronics in his instrumental music, but for his Spektral Quartet commission, “binary/momentary logics: flow state/joy state,” the composer goes acoustic while preserving elements of technologically-modified sounds. A perfect send-off for the close of the season, Pluta refers to this super-charged work as “pretty much full-on the whole time,” and the Comfort Station audience is in for one wild romp.