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Friction Quartet – January 26, 2014

Ian Dicke Unmanned for string quartet and live electronics. West Coast PremiereGabriella Smith Inyo West Coast PremiereStephen Feigenbaum Strange Dances West Coast PremiereDebussy String QuartetFriction Quartet, recipient of the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Emerging Artist Award, has established a reputation for edgy programming and exhilarating performance of contemporary string quartets. Through artistic collaboration in varied mediums, the commissioning of new works, crossing into non-classical genres, adding movement to performances, and incorporating mixed medias, Friction Quartet creates a progressive and inviting concert atmosphere that attracts audiences of all ages and interests. Community improvement and education are crucial elements to Frictions work; free public performance and outreach in struggling communities and schools builds and sustains a vibrant culture, while broadening future audiences of classical music. Friction has commissioned new works from Ian Dicke, Gabriella Smith, and Daniel Felsenfeld among many others. Recent events include “A Show of Hands” residency at JCC San Francisco with Garrett-Moulton Dance Company, concerts at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis with Theo Bleckmann and Friction’s New York City debut at the Firehouse Space.

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