Bent Frequency | BLACK ANGELS with special guest SPEKTRAL QUARTET

Erikson Clock Presents

BLACK ANGELS: Bent Frequency with

Guest Artists Spektral Quartet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Atlanta, GA - Oct 27, 2014

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On Wednesday, December 3, at 8 pm, Atlanta’s Bent Frequency partners with Chicago’s Spektral Quartet, in its Atlanta debut, for a unique and powerful performance at Erikson Clock, the Goat Farm’s satellite in Castleberry Hill. The centerpiece of the program is Spektral’s performance of George Crumb’s monumental “Black Angels” for electric string quartet, inspired by the Vietnam War.  Bent Frequency rounds out the program with performances of “Coil, Recoil” by Carolyn O'Brien and works by Atlanta composers, “Looking Back on the End of Time” by David Brighton and “METTA” by Robert Scott Thompson. A pre-concert talk begins at 6:45 pm.  364 Nelson Street, Atlanta, GA 30313. Admission is $15, $5 students & seniors.


What: Bent Frequency, Spektral Quartet

Where: Erikson Clock

When: December 3, 8pm-10pm (6:45 pre-concert talk)

Price: $15, $5 for students

Age Restrictions: None


Deisha Oliver-Millar


George Crumb's Vietnam-era landmark quartet "Black Angels" performed live here by the Spektral Quartet in May 2012 as part of their "Theatre of War" program.

George Crumb’s Black Angels, for amplified string quartet, was inspired by the mood of the country at the time of the Vietnam War.  Subtitled “Thirteen Images from the Dark Land,” it follows the journey of a soul through a fall from grace, to spiritual annihilation and finally to redemption, conveying the spiritual chaos surrounding war with fragmentary writing and a wide sonic palette. Contrasted musically in this piece are the stateside unrest during the Vietnam War and the current large-scale disassociation of American citizens from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a contrast which compels its audience to contemplate protests and demonstrations of past wars alongside those of the present. With the inclusion of numerological vocalizations, tam tams, maracas and water-tuned glasses, its effect is both elevated and haunting in its surrealism.

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Bent Frequency (11:00, Thursday 12 July, St Salvator's Chapel) Jan Berry Baker -- Soprano and Alto Saxophone; Tania Maxwell Clements -- Viola Bent Frequency is a professional contemporary chamber music ensemble based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Hailed as “one of the brightest New Music ensembles on the scene today” by Gramophone magazine, Bent Frequency is a ground-breaking ensemble who’s vision is to redefine the traditional music experience, ushering it from the rigid traditions of the past to the cutting edge of 21st century artistic expression and experimentation. As a modular group, Bent Frequency is inherently able to perform as a large-scale chamber orchestra or as an intimate chamber ensemble.

Founded in 2003, Bent Frequency brings the avant-garde to life through adventurous programming, the promotion and commissioning of New Music, and a creative synthesis of music and media.  At the heart of the ensemble, one of the most active and visible contemporary music ensembles in the Southeast, is the unparalleled musicianship of its performers, an eclectic mix of adventurous players from the greater Atlanta area. This includes musicians from the Atlanta Symphony, Opera and Ballet as well as Atlanta’s fertile independent music community.  Bent Frequency’s artistic vision is a result of the close collaboration among its Artistic Directors, Jan Berry Baker, Stuart Gerber, and Tania Maxwell Clements. For more information about Bent Frequency, visit:


Founded in 2010, the Spektral Quartet is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most magnetic and forward-thinking chamber ensembles. The group’s inclusive approach to concert format, shifting the role of audience member from spectator to ally, has earned it a loyal following within and beyond the city limits.

Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out discourse between the masterworks of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Rather than simply pairing Brian Ferneyhough with Josef Haydn or Thomas Adès with Béla Bartók, though, the group offers listeners an even more elastic and absorbing experience through its Sampler Pack concert format. For these performances, shorter works and single movements are curated in a setlist containing a menagerie of musical styles, spanning centuries. The unexpected similarities and enticing contrasts between two or three composers becomes a conversation between twelve.

For its 2014/15 season, AMPLIFY, the quartet unveils its four largest-scale commissions to date as well as centerpieces from the traditional canon. Adventurous new works push the ensemble into uncharted and thrilling new territory, with a work by David Reminick that features the musicians singing and playing simultaneously, a partnership with Claire Chase, the founder and flutist of the International Contemporary Ensemble, a work by Chris Fisher-Lochhead that mines the timbres and cadences of comedy stars like Bill Cosby, Dave Chapelle, and Tig Notaro, and a work by Alex Temple that tours through scenes of gender fluidity. With its commitment also to the traditional canon and new music, the quartet’s season is balanced with works of Beethoven, Ligeti, Haydn, Crumb, Dvořák, and more.

The Spektral Quartet serves as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago and was invited in 2013 to join the Rush Hour Series’s Back-of-the-Yards project, which offers year-long music education and outreach in one of Chicago’s most under-served neighborhoods.

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Bent Frequency is proud to have collaborated with ensembles, dance groups, and visual artists in the creation of uniquely exceptional productions.  Recent collaborations include the production of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s Comala with PUSH Physical Theater, a John Cage MUSICIRCUS with the Goat Farm Arts Center (in collaboration with Atlanta Poet’s group and visual artist Craig Dongoski) in celebration of the composer’s birth, and a three-night performance series entitled “Secret” with CORE Performance Company at the Callanwolde Arts Center. BF has worked with some of the most ground-breaking composers of our time; including Lei Liang, Tristan Murail, Jennifer Walshe, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Large-scale productions include Zohn-Muldoon’s chamber opera “Comala” at the International Cervantino Festival and Fiestas de Octubre in Mexico, an appearance as ensemble-in-residence at the Tage Aktueller Musik in Nürnberg, and a three-day festival celebrating the music of Steve Reich on the occasion of his 70th birthday. In 2013, BF Artistic Directors Jan Berry Baker and Stuart Gerber created the Bent Frequency Duo Project. As such they have commissioned 15 new works for saxophone and percussion and have given over 20 performances across the US and in Germany.

The group has been awarded numerous prestigious and competitive governmental and foundational grants to fund the creation and promotion of New Music. Recent awards include the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Barlow Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Copland Foundation, Fulton County Arts Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Culture Ireland.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts & Culture and Georgia State University School of Music