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January 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

String Noise

New York City is full of some of the finest musicians in the world, and two of those are the husband-and-wife violin duo of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. Performing under the name String Noise, Harris and Kim are versatile musicians with a relish for the established masterpieces, 20th and 21st century avant-garde and experimental traditions. Both are stalwarts in the S.E.M. Ensemble, and Conrad Harris is a member of the Flux Quartet.

Thursday, January 29, at Roulette, String Noise comes together with the Bozzini String Quartet from Montreal for a concert in the “Interpretations” series, produced by singer, composer and impresario Thomas Buckner. On the program are new works written specifically for the duo, including September by Czech composer Petr Bakla and Monadologie XXVI, written by the great contemporary Austrian composer Bernhard Lang, with whom String Noise is a frequent collaborator.

The Bozzini Quartet are bringing a new piece from Canada, Nicole Lizée’s intriguingly titled Hitchcock Etudes, for amplified string quartet, toy pianos, soundtrack, and video, and will also play James Tenney’s Koan for String Quartet. Along with astonishing musicianship, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience music from Lang and Tenney, two modern masters who are maddeningly neglected on the New York music scene.

String Noise and the Bozzini String Quartet play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Roulette.


January 28

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