The Rhythm Method joyfully returns to Joe's Pub with a program full of jump cuts, mood swings, and wild shifts of character: from John Zorn's collage classic Cat o' Nine Tails, to Anton Webern's spare and skittish Five Movements for String Quartet Op. 5; from violinist Marina Kifferstein's introspectively virtuosic new duet Toglicht, to singing cellist Meaghan Burke's post-cabaret songs. The "uncompromising and unreserved...rhythmic, raucous...and sensuously gestural" string quartet seeks out hidden connections between highbrow and lowbrow, hysteria and humor, grace and grit, throwing the classical concert format to the wind as they navigate this sea of musical mood swings.
The Rhythm Method has been described as "uncompromising and unreserved... intense, and sensuously gestural" and praised for their "impressive and gutsy programming" (examiner.com). In their tenure thus far as a group, they have given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Paris, and Lucerne, and tackled works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Ravel to pieces by John Zorn, Andrew Norman, Meaghan Burke, and other living composers. Their current season includes performances at Joe's Pub, the Met Museum, the Onassis Cultural Center, and a New Music USA-sponsored commission for quartet and sound installation at the Austrian Cultural Forum's Moving Sounds Festival.
Marina Kifferstein and Lavina Pavlish, violins
Hannah Levinson, viola
Meaghan Burke, cello/voice