Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 10:30am
Noe Valley Ministry
The young, energetic Friction Quartet will introduce musical concepts to audiences of all ages, while taking them on a journey through various genres. They will perform Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, arr. by Friction cellist Doug Machiz and explain what it means to be a contemporary string quartet. The concert includes folk, pop, classical and beyond, weaving together familiar tunes and songs to help kids make connections to different types of music. You won’t be able to keep from clapping along. This is not your typical string quartet!
Friction Quartet exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They also participated in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they gave their Detroit debut and appeared with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. The quartet received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from composer and steel pan percussionist Andy Akiho. John Adams shared Friction’s video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it “spectacular.” They are the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and also hold residencies with the Napa Valley Performing Arts Association and SF Friends of Chamber Music.
While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They are the Second Prize winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition. Friction placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, The St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet program, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.