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OUTER EAR: Spektral Quartet

  • Electronic Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

Tickets:  $10 general, $8 students & ESS members

The quartet proved that they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily [and] a capacity to make complicated music clear..."—The New York Times


In Spektral Quartet's own words:

"We're amped to be making our debut on the Outer Ear series at Experimental Sound Studio this Spring! ESS was our recording studio of choice for the Mobile Miniatures project, and it continues to be an incubator of forward-reaching artistic creation in Chicago.

We'll be reinvigorating the Sampler Pack-style of programming for this appearance, bringing you blistering (and non-blister-causing), single-movement numbers like Schubert's "Quartettsatz," Katie Young's reimagining of Arthur Russell's Hiding Your Present from You, Prokofiev's brilliant Quartet No. 1, and Dave Reminick's tougue-and-bow-twister, The Ancestral Mousetrap.'


Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out the discourse between the great works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Creating connections across centuries, the group further invites its listeners in with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

In addition to its forward-thinking Mobile Miniatures project, which commissioned over forty notable composers to write ringtones for download to mobile devices, the quartet’s recorded output includes Chambers (featuring prismatic works by living, Chicago-based composers), From This Point Forward (a zesty Latin-jazz and tango collaboration with bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro), Fin de siècle (Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet with Swiss violin soloist Rachel Kolly d’Alba), and 2016's comedy-themed album on the Sono Luminus label, Serious Business. 

The Spektral Quartet is proud to be serving its fourth year as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Department of Music and will appear for mini-residencies this season at the New World Symphony and at Stanford University, in collaboration with the JACK Quartet.