Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.
A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over 20 years, Rhonda Rider is now a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix. Ms. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic’s Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe.
My [Petrified Forest] project was to ask ten exceptional composers to write short pieces for solo cello inspired by some aspect of the area. The highly versatile sound of the cello is a wonderful medium for this project, singing at times like a human voice and at others like an ancient instrument from another world. —Rhonda Rider
How does one capture the grandeur of the Grand Canyon with one cello?” —Yu-Hui Chang
Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, EARplay is dedicated to the performance of new chamber music. EARplay offers audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today’s finest chamber music. EARplay has performed over 550 works by more than 300 composers in its 33-year history, including 140 world premieres and 80 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the EARplay archives to learn more about EArplay’s rich history.
Inés Thiebaut was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State, East Bay. She holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center (New York). Her research interests primarily engage with the music of the 20th century. Her music is rooted in postmodern tradition and influenced by perceptual art and complexity. Before her move to the East Bay, Inés held a 3-year visiting assistant professor position at the University of Utah.
Sacramento-based composer Derek Keller calls his multi-media California Tableauxopera “a kaleidoscopic look at California’s cultural mixtures from the era of Sir Francis Drake and his alleged landing on the Marin County coast in the late 1570s, to our most contemporary era.”
Jocelyne Guilbault is an ethnomusicologist and popular music studies scholar who has been teaching at UC Berkeley since 1999. Stressing a multidisciplinary approach, her research and teaching engages critical theoretical and methodological issues in ethnomusicology and popular music studies. She locates these issues in the scholarly intersections of music, anthropology, cultural studies, and history.
All of my intellectual projects since 1980 have been deeply informed by the distinctive history of the West Indies, where colonial legacies of slavery and of racism have loomed large in all arenas of musical discourse and practice. This has compelled me to focus on diasporic formations, on emergent national identities, and on the politics of representation. And it has compelled me to investigate the postcolonial conditions in which West Indian musicians live and the systemic inequalities they have faced. But my research is not just about oppression, or emancipatory politics, or the status quo. By focusing on creative agency in its multiple forms, I have examined a multitude of ways that musicians, their audiences, and music industry workers confront, enact, deploy, and resist power in its many forms and effects. In this way I have consistently engaged with the politics of aesthetics and with power relations in music production and circulation. These issues inform my earliest fieldwork project on the politics of traditionality and modernity in St. Lucian village music. I developed these issues on a more global scale in a later project on Zouk as a Caribbean “world music.” My last two books draw from a long history of research in Trinidad. In one I explored the ways the calypso music scene became audibly entangled with projects of governing, audience demands, and market incentives. In the most recent publication, an experiment in dialogic co-authorship with a reputed Trinidadian calypso and soca band leader, I engage the audible entanglements of circulation, reputation, and sound.