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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

JACK Quartet: Alex Mincek, String Quartet No. 3 “lift-tilt-filter-split”

December 9, 2011

The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe) and “viscerally exciting performances” (The New York Times). David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed their performance to be “among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience,” and NPR listed their performance as one of The Best New York Alt-Classical Concerts Of 2010.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on commissioning and performing new works, and the quartet has worked closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtág, among others. JACK also offers fresh interpretations of early music, including works by Don Carlo Gesualdo, Guillaume de Machaut, and Josquin des Prez.