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    Praised by the New York Times for its “focused, fluid performance” and by Sequenza21 for its “fire, fantasy and absolute musical commitment,” the Momenta Quartet has premiered over fifty works in the past seven years and has collaborated with over 80 living composers. Based in New York City, Momenta has performed at such venues as Roulette; The Stone; Le Poisson Rouge; Issue Project Room; Tonic; BargeMusic; Symphony Space; Americas Society; Asia Society; and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Now in its eighth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta has also performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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    The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia. Since the museum's opening in 2004 the Rubin has, according to Lisa Paul Streitfeld of the Huffington Post, been "doing some of the most original and inspired programs on the arts and consciousness in New York City." Of the over 5,500 live programs to date, concerts have ranged from artists like banjo-playing Steve Martin and Elvis Costello to Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble, and the Shanghai Quartet.
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    Awakenings

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Awakenings

NEW MUSIC INSPIRED BY BUDDHISM

Saturday, September 22, 2012 | 4-6pm

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Cross Streets: Between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue
Subways: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, L, M to 14 St; 1 to 18 St; N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14 St-Union Sq
Buses: M7 to 7 Av-W 17 St; M20 to 7 Av-W 17 St; M5, M7 to Av of the Americas-W 18 St

$12 General
(212) 620-5000 x 344
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The celebrated Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) performs contemporary works by Asian American composers, and a composition by John Cage, for a program inspired by Buddhist art and thought.

The performance features Kee Yong Chong‘s Clouds Surging (2011), based on a contemporary ink painting reflective of contemplation in nature; Ushio Torikai‘s Four Teen (2003), which involves Japanese Buddhist chant; Huang Ruo‘s The Flag Project (2009), exploring the movement of Tibetan prayer flags; and Jason Kao Hwang‘s If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream (2011), inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh. In honor of John Cage’s centenary year, Momenta closes the performance with Cage’s mystical Quartet in Four Parts (1951), which draws from Indian philosophy. Featuring the world premiere of Canadian artist John Gurrin’s video art, created for Cage’s composition.

Presented by the Rubin Museum of Art. This performance opens Momenta’s 2012-2013 season. The Momenta Quartet’s 2012-2013 season is made possible through the generous support of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA’s Cary New Music Performance Fund, and by the New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.