The JACK Quartet
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Internationally renowned New York string quartet, The JACK, will return to Belfast Friday 17th January for a weekend of performances and workshops, including a concert performed in complete darkness.
The performance ‘In Darkness’ to take place on Saturday 18th January at the MAC theatre Belfast, will see the work of Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, performed by the quartet in pitch black; the musicians unable to see audience members nor their fellow performers, and seated as far apart from one another as possible. Audience members are advised to arrive early and no luminous/reflective clothing or footwear are permitted. There will be a short ‘darkness test’ before the full recital to give any audience member the opportunity to leave if they feel uncomfortable.
The quartet’s first performance, ‘Tetras’ will take place Friday 17th January and will present a programme of short works demonstrating the wealth and diversity of new and recent music for string quartet, including the title piece by Iannis Xenakis.
Earlier in the day, the JACK will take a composition workshop, working with five upcoming composers who will hear their work performed by the quartet and receive expert guidance. Demand for participation in the afternoon workshop was high, with applications received from across the UK and Ireland. A huge variation in style and subject was evident from the compositions submitted including Queen’s University student, Daniel Barkley, submitting a work inspired by the ‘Talking Pillow Scene’ from HBO series Breaking Bad.
As well as commenting on individual works, the JACK will offer general advice on composition and string techniques to those in attendance. Any composers, music students or musicians interested in attending the workshop as an audience member should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to reserve a space.
All in all, it is a weekend to demonstrate the excitement and vitality that exists within the art form. To quote The Washington Post "The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital."
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Directions to The MAC
The MAC is in Saint Anne's Square (right behind St. Anne's Cathedral and beside the University of Ulster) in Belfast's bustling Cathedral Quarter. Our main entrance is off the square, but you can also pop in via Exchange Street West. We're just a short walk from the centre of Belfast and easy to reach, whatever mode of transport you use. By foot: View the MAC Map - themaclive.com/visiting-the-mac/location By car: You can park securely at Saint Anne's Square multi-storey car park, which is on Edward Street right beside the MAC. The car park is open 24 hours. By bus: The nearest bus stop is at the University of Ulster, York Street. Services to this stop include the Airport Express 300 to Belfast International Airport. By train: Great Victoria Street or Central train stations are the handiest. Visit the Translink website for full public transport information for Belfast.