Tribeca New Music presents
SEVEN)SUNS – Metal Collides with Classical
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 4pm at Nancy Manocherian's THE CELL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tribeca New Music continues its 2016 season with the radical new string quartet, SEVEN)SUNS. Heavy metal devotees do not exclude string players. And this group launches the string quartet into bold new territory, hailed by both new music and heavy metal critics alike. The concert will take place at nancy manocherian’s – the cell, 338 West 23rd Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.) in NYC, on Sunday, April 17 at 4PM. Tickets range in price from $15 to $30. For details and to buy tickets, please go to tribecanewmusic.org.
SEVEN)SUNS – Heavy Metal and Classical Collide
“Heart-pounding, masterfully done” –Greg Kennelty, Metal Injection
Says TNM Director Preston Stahly, “I love it when out of left field comes an amazing new group with a completely fresh approach to performance and repertoire. With works ranging from music by Arvo Pärt to 43% Burnt by Dillinger Escape Plan, to their own heavy metal arrangements and original compositions, SEVEN)SUNS has staked out new territory on the contemporary music landscape. Over the past two years I’ve watched them grow into a tight, compelling quartet performing at the highest level. We are very pleased to present this emerging new quartet as part of the Tribeca New Music 2016 Festival. Additionally, the concert will spotlight the Division 1 first prize-winning piece of our 2016 Young Composer Competition, Great Danger, Keep Out, by Matthew Browne - a fabulous match for this quartet.”
SEVEN)SUNS (Amanda Lo, violin; Earl Maneein and Fung Chern-Hwei, violin and viola; Jennifer DeVore, cello) is a string quartet that brings two related music subcultures of the modern-day, metal and hardcore, into classical music. The sound of SEVEN)SUNS is, by turns, driven, aggressive, dissonant and hard-edged as well as contemplative, meditative, still and serene. Their repertoire is drawn from works by the members of the group, re-imagined string quartet versions of metal and hardcore songs, as well as works from the Western classical music tradition.
Comfortable in many different arenas of music, SEVEN)SUNS has played shows in such diverse venues as The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, The Cell Theater, Firehouse Space, Shapeshifter Lab, and The Knitting Factory, where they opened for the well-known metalcore band The Empire Shall Fall. The quartet has also collaborated with the composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, performing his work A Civil Rights Reader as Democratic Vistas featuring the writer and poet Carl Hancock Rux.
SEVEN)SUNS made a big splash on social media with its covers of Pantera and The Dillinger Escape Plan tunes. The videos have received over 100,000 views combined and led to features on numerous heavy metal websites such as Skullsnbones.com and MetalSucks.net, among others. The group also enjoyed a residency at Avaloch Farm last summer and has been invited to return this upcoming season. Also in the works this fall is a show at the metal club St. Vitus in Brooklyn with a line-up of the avant-garde metal groups Cleric, Car Bomb and Imperial Triumphant.
SEVEN)SUNS recently began work on a long-term project tentatively titled Songs of the Voiceless based on the quartet's visits to Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City. The members of SEVEN)SUNS have volunteered there playing music for inmates in conjunction with the Rangjung Dharma Prison Project, a Tibetan Buddhist organization whose mission is to teach meditation and provide guidance to inmates.
On the program:
• Summa by Arvo Pärt was written in 1977 and originally scored for chorus as a setting of the Credo. It has been described as "gently rocking muted harmonic simplicities" when it was performed by the Kronos Quartet in 1992.
• Great Danger, Keep Out by Matthew Browne is the Division 1 (ages 22-35) First Prize-winning piece in the national TNM 2016 Young Composer Competition. Flowing from the spirit of Bartok and Ravel, it’s an electrifying musical fantasy inspired by the famed scientist, Nikola Tesla.
• In Full View by Earl Maneein was written in 2012 for the violin metal band Resolution15. It is based on the Alan Paton quote, "There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.” The piece is characterized by violent shifts in rhythm and voicing.
• Quote Unquote aka Travolta by the avant garde metal band Mr. Bungle appeared on their self-titled first album released in 1991. This piece goes through wild genre changes with apparently no rhyme or reason ranging from metal to swing jazz to ska.
• Malus Olympia by Earl Maneein was written in 2011 for the violin metal band Resolution15. Based on an angular, aggressive repeating riff in 7/8, the piece goes through various permutations, culminating in a neo-Baroque fugue before the recapitulation section.
• Basher by Earl Maneein is based on his recent work with avant garde metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan. The piece is characterized by frenetic dissonant clusters that change tempo without warning and evoke a feeling of random aggression.
• 43% Burnt by the avant garde metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan appeared on their first record Calculating Infinity in 1999. According to the band, “this song will make you want to punch yourself in the face repeatedly while holding a plastic spork.”
• Yama by Earl Maneein, Joel Lambdin and Kenny Grohowski was written in 2012 for the violin metal band Resolution15. Based on the poetry of the 15th century mystic Kabir, the music centers around the phrase, "You will die alone."