Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
The powerhouse JACK Quartet return to Philadelphia for a concert featuring the hypercomplex string quartets by Iannis Xenakis. A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis (1922 - 2001) was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier. Utilizing his technical background, Xenakis approached composition with a curious mix of analysis and intuition, creating works of massed orchestral textures, dense electronics, polyrhythmic percussion music. Taken as a whole, the four string quartets - Tetora, Ergma, ST-4/1,080262, and Tetras - represent a remarkable overview of this composer's development and changing approaches to sound, complexity, density, and form.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.