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Written by Guillermo Escudero   
sábado, 13 noviembre 2021

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Christopher Otto & JACK Quartet | "Rag′sma" | Greyfade | 2021 (06/08)


 


Christopher Otto & JACK Quartet | "Rag′sma" | Greyfade | 2021 (06/08)


Christopher Otto es un compositor y violinista que vive en el Bronx, Nueva York. Estudió composición en la Eastman School of Music y matemáticas en la Universidad de Rochester. 

Otto es miembro de Jack Quartet, uno de los principales cuartetos de cuerda contemporáneos del mundo y en este disco lo acompañan sus compañeros:  Austin Wulliman en violín, John Pickford Richards, viola, Jay Campbell, cello y el propio Otto en violín. Nuestro protagonista ha trabajado con músicos destacados como Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, John Luther Adams, Philip Glass y John Zorn.

Este es su primer larga duración como compositor para un cuarteto de triple de cuerda, escrito y grabado por Jack Quartet. Jack es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a la interpretación que propone y difunde la nueva música de cuarteto de cuerdas. 

“Rag′sma” combina música clásica contemporánea y música experimental. El enfoque matemático de Otto está plasmado en la composición, sin embargo en palabras del propio artista: “Si (los oyentes) tienen mucha curiosidad acerca de cómo se ensambla mecánicamente, eso es genial. Pero no me gustaría que nadie pensara que tiene que conocer la jerga técnica para poder apreciar la pieza”.

“rag′sma q1q2q3” es un diálogo entre instrumentos de cuerda que se traslapan entre si produciendo distintos tonos, donde emergen pequeños silencios y atisbos de notas melódicas que se contraen. A ratos se me aparece el conjunto de cuerdas de A Winged Victory For The Sullen. En tanto que R”ag′sma q1q2” se despliega con tonos más graves y sostenidos que se expanden como un drone hipnótico.

Christopher Otto & JACK Quartet proponen una música innovadora, impecable en su ejecución y por sobretodo inmersiva y penetrante.

https://christopherotto.space/
https://www.greyfade.com/https://greyfade-label.bandcamp.com/album/ragsma


Guillermo Escudero

Noviembre 2021

 

Christopher Otto is a composer and violinist living in the Bronx, New York. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and mathematics at the University of Rochester. Otto is member of the Jack Quartet, one of the world’s premier contemporary string quartets, and on this album, he is accompanied by his fellows: Austin Wulliman on violin, John Pickford Richards, viola, Jay Campbell, cello and Otto himself on violin. Our protagonist has worked with prominent musicians like Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, and John Zorn.

This is his first full-length album as a composer for a triple-string quartet written and recorded by the Jack Quartet. Jack is a non-profit performing organization that proposes and spreads the new string quartet music.

Rag′sma combines contemporary classical and experimental music. Otto's mathematical approach is embodied in the composition, however in the artist's own words: “It’s more important that someone finds their own way into it. If they are really curious about how it’s put together mechanically, that’s great. But I wouldn’t want anyone to think that they have to slog through some technical jargon in order to appreciate the piece.” 

"rag′sma q1q2q3" is a dialogue between string instruments that overlap each other producing different tones, small silences emerge and hints of melodic notes that contract. At times the string ensemble of A Winged Victory For The Sullen appears to me. In the meantime, “rag′sma q1q2” unfolds lower and sustained tones that expand as a hypnotic drone.

Christopher Otto & JACK Quartet propose an innovative music, impeccable in its execution and above all immersive and penetrating.

https://christopherotto.space/
https://www.greyfade.com/
https://greyfade-label.bandcamp.com/album/ragsma


Guillermo Escudero

November 2021

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