Thursday, April 9 || 7:30 PM
CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios
New Music for String Quartet and Chamber Ensemble
NODUS and the Amernet String Quartet join forces to present a series of new works for chamber ensemble.
Limes | Marco Longo
Peninsula | Javier Alvarez
Learning from the Laughing Man | Ori Talmon
Too Late Too Far | Sam Salem
in abstentia | Paula Matthusen
Monsterslayer | Curt Cacioppo
Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with composers including Anthony Brandt, John Corigliano, Stephen Dankner, David Epstein, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Harold Meltzer, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, and Dmitri Tymoczko. Additionally, the group has made many recordings, among which are the Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, String Quartet and Bass by John Harbison with Sara Lambert Bloom and Charles Neidich as soloists; The Butterflies Began to Sing, a work for string quartet, bass, MIDI keyboard and computer by Morton Subotnick; an album of quartets by the American composer Stephen Dankner; the string quartet and double bass quintet of Dmitri Tymoczko; and a pairing of the Debussy String Quartet and the Chausson Concert for Piano, Violin, and String Quartet, with James Tocco and Yehonatan Berick. In addition, the Amernet is keen on exploring collaborative projects, and has recently appeared with jazz pianist Steve Allee; onstage with Josée Garant Dance; and with the Kruger Brothers. The Amernet also actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.
Initiated by faculty composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia, the NODUS Ensemble is the contemporary chamber music ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University’s School of Music. Specializing in the cutting edge art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert depending on the works being presented. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world as well as works written specifically for the ensemble.The NODUS debut at the FIU Festival of the Arts took place in November 1998 and was shortly featured thereafter at the January 1999 New Music Miami Festival.Subsequent performances have included the 1999, 2000, and 2001 FIU Music Festival, the 2001 Music of the Americas Festival, the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the 2004 International Computer Music Conference, and numerous other concerts held at a variety of South Florida venues over the past several seasons.
The ensemble has been featured at the Norton Museum, Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Wolfsonian-FIU, Spanish Cultural Center, Miami Art Central, Miami Art Museum, among other performing spaces in the region.The musicians in NODUS include internationally acclaimed performers flutist Elissa Lakofsky, clarinetists Paul Green and Julian Santacoloma, saxophonist Roby George, pianists Jose Lopez and Jennifer Snyder, percussionists Michael Launius and Mark Schubert, violinists Mari-Liis Pakk and Saul Bitran Luis Fernandez, violists Michael Klotz and Laura Wilcox, cellist Phil Lakofsky, contrabassist Luis Gomez Imbert, sopranos Michelle Cohen, Karen Neal, and Kathleen Wilson, and tenor Robert Dundas, among others.