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World Premiere of Hannah Lash's Pulse-space with FLUX Quartet

Feb. 04, 2015

World Premiere of Hannah Lash's <em>Pulse-space</em> with FLUX Quartet

On February 22, the FLUX Quartet give the world premiere of Hannah Lash's Pulse-space as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process event Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy). For the Guggenheim's 2015 season, composer David Lang invited three composers who have never written for dance to create new works for the medium. Pulse-space was a result of extensive collaboration with the choreographer Pam Tanowitz who set Lash's new work to a quartet of dancers.

In tackling her first piece for choreographed dance, Lash set out to discover the “pulse” potential within the sound world of the string quartet, exploring the “relationship between a pulse that is created by bow changes and a pulse created by the beatings between closely spaced pitches within cluster-chords.” She then blends the textures, urging the audience to “question a categorical perception of elements.”

The premiere performances take place at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum, with an additional performance on February 23. The program also features the world premiere of a new string quartet by PSNY composer Ted Hearne, as well as new works by Caroline Shaw and David Lang.

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Hannah Lash
Pulse-space (2014)
for string quartet