A fantastic snapshot of Chicago contemporary music circa 2013, provided by a talented and industrious string quartet rightly elbowing its way in among the cassette-culture cool kids.
Favorite track: String Quartet No. 1 - Eliza Brown.
The debut album for both Parlour Tapes+ and Chicago's Spektral Quartet, CHAMBERS was created in collaboration with Marcos Balter, Eliza Brown, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, Ben Hjertmann, Hans Thomalla, and Liza White. From exquisite microtonal harmonies to textures at the edge of the audible to hyper-kinetic guitar-pick strumming, CHAMBERS leads listeners through six rooms, each filled with a distinct voice and unique acoustic.
With its innovative programming consistently filling venues with a “crowd that other classical presenters would kill to attract” (Chicago Classical Review), Spektral Quartet has established itself as one of Chicago’s most intrepid and adroit ensembles. With a priority on evaporating the perceived boundary between traditional masterworks and the music of the present, Spektral concerts feature the likes of Beethoven and Mozart alongside Carter and Adés. Hailed by Time Out Chicago as having “forged a reputation for fiercely on-point performances as well as some of the city’s most imaginative chamber programming,” the Spektral Quartet continues to close the distance between performer and audience member.
released October 26, 2013
Spektral Quartet is: Austin Wulliman & Aurelien Pederzoli (violins), Doyle Armbrust (viola), Russell Rolen (cello).
Co-Produced by Kyle Vegter and Russell Rolen
Mixed and Recorded by Kyle Vegter
Mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room Mastering
Cover and Design by Drew Dir for Manual Cinema Studios
Been listening to this nonstop since it came out. Superb intro to the quartet, and also thrilled to discover Charmaine Lee. Loved your whole concept with the tarot cards, the art, the juxtapositions ... Really creative approach! skronker