Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Firstly, what is a satellite?

natural satellite is any celestial body in space that orbits around a larger body. Moons are called natural satellites because they orbit planets. Satellites that are made by people and launched into orbit using rockets are called artificial satellites. There are thousands of artificial satellites orbiting the Earth.

Secondly, I'm in love with Garth Knox's Satellite. I discovered Garth Knox when I went to the Kronos Quartet Workshop presented by the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall last April. It was such a visceral experience. I couldn't have anticipated how much I would be inspired and moved by these incredibly talented string quartets. There were three string quartets: Argus, Ligeti and Friction Quartets, I was completely enamored by their passion and skill. The 3 movements performed were so extremely eerie and fascinating. I'm already in love with anything space related and here I was at Zankel Hall, about to witness some incredible performances and I was listening to 3 movements called Satellites

I'm a huge fan of Kronos Quartet through their work with Darren Aronosky and Clint Mansell (one of my favorite film composers) for Requiem for A Dream and The Fountain. After this performance, I knew I had to be friends with these young musicians. Admittedly, contemporary classical music can be tricky for me, but when the elements are right, they can be exceptional. Garth Knox is the exception for me. I am so inspired by this music and it makes me love space, planets and celestial bodies even more. I hope to become more acquainted by Garth Knox's body of work and with these young, talented classical musicians. I have so much respect.

Kronos Quartet led a weeklong workshop open to student and young professional string quartets to explore new works commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Fifty for the Future is a major commissioning initiative of Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, and many other diverse partners and is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet. The project is designed to present music as a living art form and to create a new trove of resources for the training of students and emerging professionals.

Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
Kronos Quartet
Garth Knox - Violist Composer
Argus Quartet
Ligeti Quartet
Friction Quartet
Clint Mansell - Film Score Composer