“The Signum Quartet will be joining forces with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra to explore the possibilities of a new musical form, which its players have dubbed the #quartweet,” writes Ross Amico in Wednesday’s (8/12) Times of Trenton (NJ). “ ‘A quartweet is a musical composition written for string quartet of no more than 140 notes, as a parallel to 140 characters of a tweet,’ says PSO Executive Director Marc Uys…. A number of distinguished composers have already taken up the challenge, including Derek Bermel, Sebastian Currier … Jin Jing Luo, Steven Mackey … Bruno Mantovani, Caroline Shaw … and Sarah Kirkland Snider…. Results will be shared on a PSO Chamber Series concert … on October 4…. Signum and the PSO are throwing the door open to anyone who would be interested in contributing” via Twitter by sending digital scores using @signumquartet and the #quartweet hashtag, or by emailing scores to email@example.com by September 28. “The #quartweet project is but a single facet of a PSO season marked by innovative programming and interesting notions. In particular, the season—the orchestra’s 35th—will celebrate the creativity of women, in honor of the PSO’s founder, Portia Sonnenfeld.” The quartweet project launches a residency at the PSO by the Germany-based Signum Quartet.
Posted August 14, 2015