MOCAMIX: Mivos Quartet

Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Tickets (includes museum admission): $15/adult, $10/student & senior, $5/MOCA member

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The Mivos Quartet performs music by Weijun Chen, the winner of the 2nd Biennial I Creation/ Mivos Quartet Prize for Chinese Composers, a competition designed to showcase young emerging composers of Chinese descent worldwide.

The concert program includes:

Weijun Chen, Canoe (2014)

Lei Liang, Serashi Fragments (2005)

Ke Xu, Tai Chi (2013)

John Cage, String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)



About the Artists

The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's beginnings in 2008 they have performed works by emerging and established international composers who represent varied aesthetics of contemporary composition. Mivos is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet, particularly in a context of close collaboration with composers over extended time-periods. Recent collaborations include works with Mark Barden (Wien Modern Commission), Dan Blake (Jerome Commission), Richard Carrick (Fromm Commission), Patrick Higgins (ZS), Sam Pluta (Lucerne Festival Commission), Kate Soper, Saul Williams, Scott Wollschleger and Eric Wubbels (CMA commission). Mivos is committed to working with guest artists, exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics, creating original compositions and arrangements for the quartet, and performing improvised music. The quartet has appeared on concert series including Wien Modern (Austria), Transart (Italy), Music at the Phillips (Washington, DC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Festival International Chihuahua (México), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Asphalt Festival (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music (UK). Mivos Quartet official site

Weijun Chen is the winner of the 2015 I Creation Prize. A Presidential Fellow, he is currently pursuing his PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studies composition with David Felder. He has studied composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Lisa Bielawa, David Liptak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and Robert Morris. Weijun holds two BMs from the Eastman School of Music in both composition and music theory (Highest Distinction), as well as an Arts Leadership Certificate. 


Photo: Reappearances image by Alexander Perrelli, courtesy of Mivos Quartet.