JACK: Ergün, Farhat, Iannotta

Monday, August 14, 2023
7:30 pm

Mary Flagler Cary Hall

Seare Farhat
Ka Spoojmai Shwa Poh Hala Ke, 2022

Clara Iannotta
you crawl over seas of granite, 2019/20

Cenk Ergün
Yekpare, 2023*
* World Premiere

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello

Concert duration: approximately one hour and fifteen minutes

Mary Flagler Cary Hall
DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th Street
New York, NY 10018


Program Notes

Seare Farhat
Ka Spoojmai Shwa Poh Hāla Ke (2022)

The title, Ka Spoojmai Shwa Poh Hāla Ke, is a line from a poem written by the medieval Pashtun Sufi poet Abdul Hamid Baba. The line roughly translates as ‘like the halo around the moon’, and in the context of the poem is a simile the narrator uses to describe the newly grown beard stubble framing the face of her lover—a sign of their love’s maturity as reflected in nature. This piece falls in a line of recent projects that have been in service of uncovering, deconstructing, and reinventing my relationship with my cultural heritage as a queer Afghan-American man. Musically, the piece seeks comfort and cadence in the boundaries of the unknown, finds beauty in the shadows of the sound and the rub between sonorities, rather than in the rhetoric of the sonorities themselves. The piece is night music or a nocturne in that sense, not with a sense of fear and trepidation, but rather acceptance and discovery of the darkness, halo, and fog. Pursuing perhaps in an effort informed by the notion Édouard Glissant notes as the “right to opacity for everyone.”

Clara Iannotta
you crawl over seas of granite (2019/20)


Clara Iannotta
Clara Iannotta. Photo: Manu-Theobald

Cenk Ergün
Yekpare (2023)

Cenk Ergün. Photo: Carol McGonnell

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