Sequenza21 – A Flash Flood Between the Mountains and The Deep Blue Sea

davis…The Calder Quartet gave three superb public performances comprised of works by Lei Liang, four Festival Composition Fellows, Mendelssohn and Ravel. When they were not rehearsing or giving chamber music master classes to UCD undergraduate performers, they played two extensive reading sessions of new works by UCD Graduate Composers. It was breathtaking to witness the inclusive and inviting approach that this exceptional quartet exhibited during their week in Davis. Their supple and generous performance of Ravel’s String Quartet felt like a metaphor for the way they operate: They are eager, supportive, curious musicians who maintain the same passion for detail in everything they do. Theirs is an approach that proves that the distinctions between “old” and “new” is one that falls away when respect for the music and the listener comes first…

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