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  • 1600 21st Street Northwest
  • Washington, DC, 20009
  • United States


Two dynamic composer-performers known for their hybrid musical styles, Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw join the brilliant Attacca Quartet for a special collaboration. Kahane’s music defies easy categorization; he is equally at home composing string quartets and chamber works for the concert hall as he is writing albums of harmonically intricate indie-pop, shifting seamlessly between both idioms. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw has built a reputation for her ceaselessly inventive, collage-like approach to composition. Her 2019 album Orange presents six works for string quartet performed by the Attacca Quartet. The music of Orange is both connected to the past and rooted in the present, with elusive, fragmented source material drawn from the string quartet writing of Haydn, Mozart, or Bartók, synthesized with Shaw’s modern sound, conjuring a sonic world at once familiar yet radically new. The ensemble presents music from Caroline Shaw’s Orange and Gabriel Kahane’s Book of Travelers.