Tippet Rise Art Center and Baryshnikov Art Center are proud to co-present What’s Past is Prologue featuring the Aizuri Quartet. The two-part concert series, filmed in sculptor Joel Shapiro’s Long Island City studio, will feature music by female composers spanning the past millennia.
The June 23 program includes works by Benedictine composer, philosopher, and abbess Hildegard von Bingen’s (b. 1098) liturgical poem Columba aspexit, arranged for string quartet by Alex Fortes; composer and environmentalist Gabriella Smith’s (b. 1991) Carrot Revolution, written for Aizuri’s GRAMMY-winning album Blueprinting; and GRAMMY and MacArthur Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens’s (b. 1977) At the Purchaser’s Option, a haunting work inspired by an 1830s advertisement selling a young female slave with or without her 9 month old baby.
The June 30 program offers Barbara Strozzi’s (b. 1619) L'usignuolo “The Nightingale” and L’amante modesto “The Modest Lover,” arranged by Alex Fortes; and British, Jamaican-born composer Eleanor Alberga’s (b. 1949) second movement from String Quartet No. 1, a life-affirming work inspired by a physics lecture in which the composer learned we are all made of star dust.
On June 28, BAC and Tippet Rise present a ZOOM conversation with the Aizuri Quartet.