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September 20, 2013

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Sirius Quartet performs 2013 Young Composer Competition Winner
Saturday October 19 at 7pm at The Cell Theater, NYC

“Rarely do you find ensembles who master the combination of new music, avant-garde, and jazz in such a brilliant way.” —
Lübecker Zeitung 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tribeca New Music is pleased to present the Sirius Quartet performing the 2013 winning composition of their Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition, an annual event that examined over 90 works from across the nation. The winning composer is Scott Etan Feiner of Long Island, NY for his Ozark Dance for string quartet. Additionally, two New York premieres by Sirius Quartet composers Jeremy Harman and Gregor Huebner will take place along with recent works by composer/violinist Fung Chern Hwei. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 7pm at the cell theater, 338 West 23rd Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.), 10011. Tickets range from $20 to $30 per person and include the live performance, a post-concert reception, and an opportunity to meet and greet with the artists. For details and to buy tickets, please go to

“We are very pleased to have the Sirius Quartet performing Scott Feiner’s Ozark Dance,” says Preston Stahly, artistic and executive director of Tribeca New Music. “One of the things I love about the Sirius is the approach of their leader, Ron Lawrence. He’s brought some amazing string players into a quartet that has evolved over time into a composer-led ensemble offering a compelling collection of original new works that take composition and improvisation to a new place. Few quartets can function at this level of performance and improvisation. They are the perfect guys to take on Scott’s piece because they will give him the composer/performer perspective and energy he needs.” Born and bred in the downtown scene of New York City, the Sirius Quartet blends the precision of classical music with the energy of a rock band.  The four conservatory-trained musicians are also highly skilled improvisers. Whether playing acoustically or with electronic effects, they push beyond the conventional sonic vocabulary associated with string instruments.
Their interest in new and nonacademic musical styles has brought a wide-ranging audience to their performances, from Lincoln Center and the Köln Triennale to the Knitting Factory and the KitchenLast year, composer/pianist Uri Caine wrote his String Theories for the quartet, which premiered at the Tribeca New Music 2012 Festival, and for the past several years they have partnered with the American Composers Orchestra and composer Randall Woolf to bring ACO’s Music Factory and Rhythm Factory education programs to the public schools of New York City.
The Sirius Quartet has premiered works at Lincoln Center’s AliceTully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum, Beijing Jazz Festival, American Composers Alliance Music Festival, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Knitting Factory, and the Kitchen. In Europe, they have joined John Zorn in performances at Köln’s Musik Triennal and performed with Nick Didkovsky and Dr. Nerve at festivals in Europe and Canada. Recent premieres include works by Uri Caine, Nick Didkovsky, Elliot Sharp, Gregor Hübner, Mike Block, Fung Chern Hwei, Kevin James, Rubin Kodheli, Nancy Magarill, Billy Martin, and John Taylor.

Scott Feiner
Scott Etan Feiner
Congratulations to Scott Etan Feiner of Roslyn Harbor, New York. His composition Ozark Dance for string quartet has won the national Tribeca New Music 2013 Young Composer Competition. Scott is 16 years old. He studies composition at The Juilliard School with Dr. Ira Taxin. He began composing at the piano, sometimes to tell elaborate musical stories, and at other times to fake his way through his lessons. His piano teachers, suitably unimpressed by his lesson preparation, were excited by his improvisations and encouraged him to record and later notate his pieces.

As the winner of the Tribeca New Music 2013 Young Composer Competition, Scott receives a $1,000 award, a first-rate performance, and audio/video recording of his Ozark Dance for string quartet. The submission deadline for the 2014 Young Composer Competition is Friday, January 10, 2014. For details on submissions, visit _________________________________________________________________
Saturday October 19 at 7pm at The Cell Theater, NYC - On the program (duration approx. 75 minutes) The concert opens with Jeremy Harman’s Paths Become Lines, a powerful up-tempo work using minimal patterns in a modal tonality. After a slow and sustained intro, the viola and cello provide a driving rhythmic foil that allows the two violins to take turns in an exciting back-and-forth improvisatory dual.
Gregor Huebner’s The Wollheim Quartet (world public premiere) was commissioned for Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim’s birthday by her husband, Bret Stephens (deputy editor, editorial page, Wall Street Journal). “Bret gave me his view of her character and since I know Corinna, I tried to capture her personality in this composition. The quartet has four movements. The first movement starts with what I call the Corinna theme and goes into a minimalistic pattern, which resolves in a basic groove behind an improvisation. The 2nd movement is based on an Israeli folksong called “Shir la Shalom.” In the 3rd movement you hear some familiar harmonies from the late Romantic music period going into an impressionistic group improvisation. The final movement, Presto, could be called a Berg/Bartok/Penderecki/Jazz/Tango Improvisation.”—G.H.

Heal (NY premiere) Dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeremy Harman’s Heal is more like a song in that it repeats a simple verse, chorus, outro structure, infusing complex polyrhythms based on the open strings of the cello creating a backbeat slow-jam groove. The piece features the violinist Fung Chern Hwei as the “singer” throughout the piece.
Racing Mind by Gregor Huebner: “This tune, arranged for string quartet, is a movement out of my Cuban Impressions for string orchestra, percussion, and string quartet. It’s based on an Afro Cuban 6/8 bata rhythm and leaves space for a lot of improvisation.”—G.H.

Ceili by Fung Chern Hwei: “Imagine... The nostalgia after a long, loud, massive party.”—F.C.H.
Get in Line by Fung Chern Hwei: “Finding the right people to play in a string quartet is hard enough, to schedule a rehearsal with all four members in one room is even harder. To play together as one? It's a constant struggle.”—F.C.H.
Scott Etan Feiner’s four-movement Ozark Dance is the winning composition in the Tribeca New Music 2013 Young Composer Competition. With its open, Coplanesque, Americana harmonies, snappy themes and tempo, expressive, Dvorak-like, third movement, and spirited finale, Ozark Dance is a compelling and delightful string quartet. Add the fact that Scott Etan Feiner was 15 years old when he wrote the music, and it becomes immediately apparent that one is witnessing the emergence of a new and exciting musical talent. Tribeca New Music is proud to present this outstanding composition.

Spidey Falls! by Fung Chern Hwei: “I've always been fascinated by the ‘retro’ movement in the current pop culture (there’s hardly any specific ‘movement’ in our time, otherwise), reusing, recreating what was ‘hip’ in the sixties and seventies, mixing in contemporary elements, breathing new life into something that's supposed to be ‘outdated.’ I find this phenomenon very interesting and sometimes even a little funny, because at times it seems like we can't come up with something new anymore without recycling old material. ‘Spidey Falls!’ is a parody of this observation.” —F.C.H.
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