Wednesday, October 2, 2013

String Voyage by MIVOS String Quartet (New York)

Strings Voyage – Mivos String Quartet in Malaysia

Date & Time: 20 October 2013, 3pm
Venue: Experimental Theatre, University of Malaya
Admission: By donation adults RM40, Students RM25
Contact: 016-3618504, 014-2486248
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Toccata studio is proud to present “String Voyage”, a contemporary classical concert featuring Mivos String Quartet from the United States. The quartet will stage its first ever performance in Malaysia on 20th October 2013 at the Experimental Theatre of University of Malaya. The show will begin at 3pm and admission is via donation, with spectators choosing how much to give.

The group, described by the New York Times as an “accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet”, has performed around the world, in Britain, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong, and collaborated with a series of well-known international composers. The quartet will perform a range of music by contemporary American composers, including Phillip Glass and Alex Mincek.

The concert will also feature an innovative piece by one of Malaysia’s most sought-after composers Ng Chor Guan, incorporating elements of a traditional string quartet and music created by mobile phones. In a technique dubbed “mobile phone orchestra”, spectators are asked to record sounds on their phones, which are then played during the performance.

Mivos Quartet, which focuses on performing the works of contemporary composers, has had enjoyed a meteoric rise since it was formed in 2008 by a group of young musicians doing post-graduate study at the Manhattan School of Music.

The quarter was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Germany, where they were awarded a Fellowship Prize for Interpretation. Mivos was also invited for a two-week residency at Aldeburgh Music in the UK earlier this year, where they performed several concerts featuring repertoire by British and American composers.

The group consists of violinists Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie and cellist Mariel Roberts. They have studied with members of leading contemporary music ensembles such as Curtis Macomber and Fred Sherry.

The up-and-coming group has also collaborated with Helmut Lachenmann, Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Samson Young, Luke DuBois, Philip Glass, Huang Ruo, Felipe Lara, Sam Pluta, Tristan Perich and Kirsten Broberg.

Apart from their musical performance, Mivos is active in education and has conducted workshops at CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), the Hong Kong Art Center and MIAM University in Istanbul (Turkey).

Beyond expanding their string quartet repertoire, Mivos is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed, Timucin Sahin and Nate Wooley.

Toccata Studio, which promotes creativity in arts and music primarily, is not only a platform for artists but it is also a place for various forms of music and arts to meet. We produce quality innovative and creative performances as well as classical music concerts. We welcome everyone to join us in our endless endeavour to nurture a society filled with arts, music and culture.

For more information about “String Voyage” and Toccata Studio, please contact 016-3618504 or 014-2486248


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