This groupmuse happened on Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 PM EDT.

This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere

An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.

Ways of Seeing: The String Quartet
Virtual Premiere

Ways of Seeing: The String Quartet

Tue, May 4, 2021 7:30 PM, EDT


Jacob Ford

In the first episode of John Berger's "Ways of Seeing", he states: "tonight, it isn't so much the [classical European] paintings themselves I want to question... as the way we now see them.. because we see these paintings as nobody saw them before. If we discover why this is so we shall also discover something about ourselves and the situation in which we are living"

In his series, he would reveal the social and political systems that bore these canonical artworks as well as examine how people have been seeing these works from their inception up until the present day.

Inspired by his ambition, this concert will be taking on the quintessential classical formation: the string quartet.
But wait - there's more! We'll be playing only women composers: Florence Price, Grazyna Bacewicz, and Pauline Oliveros. We'll chat a bit (don't worry, not too much) about how their music was received then and now and what sort of barriers exist in playing the music of women who are no longer alive.

We are beyond psyched to be presenting this LIVE from the City Reliquary in Brooklyn, NY.


Grazyna Bacewicz - String Quartet No. 4
Florence Price - ‘Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint’
Pauline Oliveros - 13 Changes
Jessie Montgomery - Voodoo Dolls


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Jacob Ford, over 1 year ago

Dude I love seeing music.

AEON Ensemble, over 1 year ago

Hi everyone!

If you missed the premiere of our string quartet showcase last night -- it's not too late to watch! Just hit 're-watch this show here' on the Groupmuse page for our concert, pour yourself something smooth, sit back, and melt away to the stunning sounds of Florence Price, Grazyna Bacewicz, Pauline Oliveros, and Jessie Montgomery. Warning: these pieces ROCK so you might end up head-banging.

We're so glad we were finally able to reschedule this show and make the best of it in spite of the technical difficulties that tortured us in March. And thus, we want to make sure you can finally enjoy our hard work. Just hit 'rewatch this show'. If you have any trouble accessing the concert, please write back to us and we'll figure it out.

While we do what we do because we love it, tips are always greatly appreciated. Consider throwing us some spare change so that we can maintain exciting programming and commission new composers. In fact, you can read about our commissioned composers for the 2021/22 season in the concert program in the description of the YouTube video. They're extremely cool and we're honored to work with them.

Thanks again for your patience with this show. We hope you enjoy it!


Katherine Kyu Hyeon Lim Emcee
Lian Gal Shahar
Grant Barnes
Jacob Ford
Brea Fournier
Daniel McKleinfeld
Margot Takeda
Jess Schiff
Katya Lysander
Anna Willson
Richard Moskowitz
Iryna Kit
Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Larry Leive
Karen Dekker
Nabi Abdurakhmanov
Nicolás Andrés Torres-Surís
Oleg Slinin
Aslihan Dincer
Alfonso Piacentini
Laura Melnicoff
Adam Lasnik
Lyudmila Sholokhova
Sheri Richardson
Lisa Eltinge
Dwight Bell
Dara Hankins
Zoey Lee
Cathy Waldman
Jim pavlish
Greg Erickson
Cynthia Levinson
Ursula tenny
Emily Ostrom
Amanda Regan
Vilian Ivantchev
Katheryne Cahill