It is always very informative to be able to ask the composer questions about the sound or character they were going for. In the case of the Rouse quartet, there was a section that Chris said should sound like Soupy Sale's character, White Fang. It was much easier to find the right sound when we knew what image to visualize.
The food! Los Angeles has the best food of any city I've ever been in. You can find any kind of cuisine here. I think I miss the Mexican and Asian food in LA the most.
Though we've played in many great halls in the US, there are still so many out there, particularly in Europe that I would love to play in. There are always some interesting venues out there, many off the beaten path.
The Carlsbad Festival has grown a lot since it was started. We have had a composition competition for the last 5 years or so, which has allowed us to commission at least 1 new work every year. This year's winner is Jacob Cooper, who is in the process of writing us a piece for this year's festival in September. We haven't seen the piece yet, but are thrilled and excited to start work on it.
One should clap when they like what the musicians are doing, but preferable not while they are playing. It never bothers me when the audience claps after a movement is over because it is really nice to know that they are enjoying themselves. It's fun going to a jazz concert because you can clap after one of the players takes a solo.
There are so many great musicians and collaborators out there, that it is hard to say. I think we enjoy working with anyone that shares the love of the literature, and the interest in finding ways of taking our audience on a musical and artistic journey.
I think it was a mutual love of the quartet repertoire, both old and brand new, that inspired us to continue exploring that music together. We seem to have a shared sense of taste when it comes to this music. We also enjoy finding interesting ways to present the music.
We are always interested in getting better at improvising, arranging, and composing, but learning the music of old and new composers takes a lot of our time.
We look forward to new commissions by composers Peter Eötvös and Andrew Norman, and are releasing a limited edition vinyl LP of two early string works by Terry Riley. The record and jacket include artwork by LA artist, Dave Muller. We are releasing this record in honor of Terry's 75th birthday.
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