Performance Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 3 PM

Neighborhood Concert: JACK Quartet

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
Four wicked players creating an explosion of sound: The JACK Quartet is the new definition of the modern-day string quartet. Presented as part Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series, these electrifying young musicians are dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by the most ground-breaking composers, while delivering vibrant performances with overflowing energy. They tackle music by modernist composers Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger, and then team up onstage with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey on his own composition Physical Property.

Steven Mackey’s compositions bridge the divide between his first love—playing electric guitar in California rock bands—and his later passion for experimental concert music. Mackey has received commissions from the most renowned orchestras, ensembles, and venues; he often performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. Currently a Professor of Music at Princeton University, Mackey is also an active improviser and performer with his band Big Farm.

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit for more information.


  • JACK Quartet
    with Special Guest Steven Mackey, Electric Guitar


  • IVES String Quartet No. 2
  • CRAWFORD SEEGER String Quartet
  • STEVEN MACKEY Physical Property

In the Artist's Own Words

Calling a composer “maverick” can seem somewhat redundant, as the mere process of pulling music from thin air is, at the very least, original.
Program Notes

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
The Playhouse

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002

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JACK Quartet plays Ergma by Iannis Zenakis.



Sponsored by
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The National Endowment for the Arts is the lead donor of American Mavericks at Carnegie Hall.
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This performance is part of American Mavericks.

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