The FLUX Quartet has performed to rave reviews at many music centers around the world, appearing at Da Camera of Houston, Miller Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Library of Congress, and the When Morty Met John festival at Carnegie Hall. It has also recently debuted in Ireland at the Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival and in San Francisco with the Morrison Series, which invited the quartet back as special guests for the series’ 50th anniversary gala concert. FLUX’s numerous radio credits include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. Its growing discography includes recordings by composers Michael Byron, Annie Gosfield, and bagpipe virtuoso Matthew Welch. Highlights of recent seasons include debut appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles; residencies at Wesleyan College and Princeton University; and the Interpretations series in New York City, celebrating innovative music of living performers and composers.
FLUX captivates its audiences worldwide with a vivid repertoire balanced between notable pioneers as well as visionaries of tomorrow, from classics by Conlon Nancarrow, Giacinto Scelsi, and Iannis Xenakis, to new works by Leroy Jenkins, Elliott Sharp, Welch, and John Zorn. The quartet avidly seeks out collaborative relationships with genre-transcending artists such as Ornette Coleman, Joan La Barbara, Oliver Lake, balloon artist Judy Dunaway, and musical-visual artist collective the Slave Pianos. Members from the quartet have also done significant work in dance, including frequent collaborations with the Morphoses / Wheeldon Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Strongly dedicated to uncovering new works both by its own members as well as emerging composers, FLUX has received grants from the American Composers Forum, Meet The Composer, USArtists International, and the Aaron Copland Fund.
The spirit to explore and expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet. Partly as an homage to the 1960s Fluxus art movement, violinist Tom Chiu founded the FLUX Quartet in the 1990s with a quest similar to that of some of the original Fluxus artists: a search for a living art for all people with an embracing anything-goes spirit. To that end, FLUX has always been committed to projects of unique vision that defy aesthetic categorization.