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Alta Quartet • Michael Bates' Acrobat Dec 227:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationMichael Bates’ Acrobat and the ALTA String Quartet present radically different explorations of two dissident composers: Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski.Acrobat are:Marty Ehrlich-clarinet • Fung Chern Hwei-violin • Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon • Michael Bates-bass •Michael Sarin-drums. The quintet, led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices exploring one of music’s most mysterious personalities, Dmitri Shostakovich. With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging. And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
Alta are: Gabryel Smith-violin • Rachel Hauser-violin •Emily Bookwalter-viola • Ken Hashimoto-cello, a collaboration of four committed and curious musicians based in Brooklyn, NY who perform and premiere a wide range of music for string quartet. Founded in 2021, the group has been praised for their “fiery” and “faithful” performances (New York City Jazz Record) of contemporary repertoire, and regularly performs music both old and new. On this evening, The ALTA String Quartet performs Shostakovich and Prokofiev.