by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
Lauded by The New York Times for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” performances, Amernet has performed in prestigious venues in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East since its founding by former Julliard students in 1991. The ensemble won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition and was the first prizewinner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Amernet's encore visit to Dickinson arrives on the heels of an October 2014 residency that included small-group sessions with faculty and students and intensive workshops with student composers. This time around, the acclaimed musicians will present a new work by Professor of Music Robert Pound, whose String Quartet No. 2 takes a fresh approach to a theme the composer first explored in 2003—the nature of contemporary discourse.
"It takes an approach to continuity which, as I witness it, is common to our contemporary experience of communications," says Pound, explaining that today, a long, uninterrupted discourse, narrative or trajectory of events is the exception, rather than the rule, and that just as a viewer might flip among television stations, we also might engage with music, news, podcasts or in text—and in-person—conversations in the same fragmented, potentially redirected way. The result: a musical work "imitative of our abrupted, intersected, juxtaposed daily communications, but one enjoyable to hear as multiple parallel dramas and comedies in sound."
Amernet will premiere Pound's work during a Sept. 28 open rehearsal (9:30 a.m.) and an Oct. 1 performance (7 p.m.) in Rubendall Recital Hall. This fall’s artists-in-residence also include:
Learn more about Dickinson's fall 2016 artists-in-residence.
Published September 27, 2016