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What makes a monochromatic etching come to life, in a way that’s different from the use of paint or color?

There is a world of nuance in the use of lines—their shape, direction, contour and depth—that is brought out by the different chemical treatments and needle strokes used. It’s like seeing the essence, or ‘skeleton’ of a picture, a rawness that is generated by millions of alluring and distinct lines, creating a sense of motion, momentum and character true to real life.

In music, momentum is created through rhythmic texture and the interplay of musical lines, giving life to a piece of music much in the same way that the interplay of visible lines come alive through etching.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boreades, Entrée from Act IV
Auguste Franchomme: 3 Caprices from Douze Caprice-Etude
Thomas Adès: Les Barricades Mysterieuses
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Nico Muhly: Motion
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
François Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses

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Decoda artists

Owen Dalby, violin

Joanna Frankel, violin

Meena Bhasin, viola

Caitlin Sullivan, cello

Claire Bryant, cello

Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello

Julia MacLaine, cello

Brian Ellingsen, double bass

Paul Cho, clarinet

Carol McGonnell, clarinet

David Kaplan, piano


Earlier Event: November 18
Later Event: December 5
Trinity Concerts at One