Oct 23, 2015 • 10pm / doors 9:30pm
Works By Keeril Makan
The Noise Between Thoughts
Washed by Fire
Performed by the Aeolus Quartet (Nicholas Tavini, Violin; Rachel Shapiro, Violin; Gregory Luce, Viola; Alan Richardson, Cello)
This concert, offering the New York premieres of three works by Rome Prize-winner Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music at MIT, is presented in conjunction with the world premiere of Makan and director/librettist and Associate Professor of Theatre at MIT Jay Scheib’s new work Persona, co-commissioned by National Sawdust and Beth Morrison Projects.
The New Yorker writes that “Makan moves blocks of jagged sound around with the pitiless determination of a brutalist architect (“The Noise Between Thoughts”) and crafts the most humble chords and scraps of melody into a lulling whole (“Washed by Fire”),” and the Boston Globe remarks about Return, “There are delicately drawn harmonics and crushed, violent chords. Even in just one hearing, a distilled quality of thought emerges from this score, and an intensely honed sense of solitude.”
Makan’s works will be performed by the Aeolus Quartet, winners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition.