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Kronos Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough among upcoming visitors to the School of Music

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on February 3, 2016 - 3:49pm
Kronos Quartet members
Kronos Quartet (L-R): John Sherba, Sunny Jungin Yang, Hank Dutt, David Harrington. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

A songwriting workshop and community Fandango led by Grammy winning L.A.-based duo Quetzal (Feb. 5); a free workshop with renowned ensemble the Kronos Quartet (Feb. 23); and a weeklong residency by English composer Brian Ferneyhough are among recent additions to the UW Music concert calendar for February 2016.

Kronos Quartet, whose neo-classical arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s anthemic Purple Haze secured their lasting fame and recognition, leads a Feb. 23 reading of new works by violist Garth Knox (who appears Mon. Feb. 22 on the UW's Music of Today series)  and UW emeritus professor Ken Benshoof, commissioned by Kronos for the group's project Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.
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Queztal, a Grammy award winning duo featuring Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores, discuss the collective songwriting process in their Feb. 5 workshop, sponsored by the UW Music programs in Music Education and Ethnomusicology. The evening workshop is followed by a community fandango—a participatory music and dance practice native to the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The artists will discuss how this practice has been utilized by artists and musicians to build and strengthen community.
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Composer Brian Ferneyhough's music and its impact on other composers will be demonstrated in a Feb. 19 concert by the UW’s Modern Ensemble, performing works by Ferneyhough and two of his former students—Martin Applebaum and the UW’s own Joël-Franḉois Durand. Earlier in the day, the composer talks about his music in a presentation to the UW’s composition students (Fri. Feb. 19, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Music Room 213). The presentation is free and open to the public (seating is limited).
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Finally, double bassist Jack Unzicker of the University of Texas at Arlington appears in a master class and recital added recently to the Barry Lieberman and Friends series, Feb. 27 and 28 at Brechemin Auditorium.  His concert program includes works by Paul Hindemith, Astor Piazzolla, and others. 
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Details about the above events and others are available on our calendar at