Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and producerPascal Le Boeuf's trio, joined by the Friction Quartet, present Ritual Being - a musical diptych that explores the different manifestations of human behavior and how these "rituals" can be either propitious... or disastrous.
Ritual Being is made possible by support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
About Friction Quartet:
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “exquisitely skilled” (ZealNYC), exists to exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”
Friction is the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition Chamber Division in Harbin, China. They recently performed George Crumb’s Black Angels at Carnegie Hall as part of the Sixties Festival. They will make their second appearance at the New Music for Strings Festival in Aarhus, Denmark as Quartet in Residence this summer. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho which they debuted in November 2016 with Jenny Q Chai. They have also been awarded grants from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Zellerbach Family Foundation. riction is currently Artist in Residence at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center. They have been Artist In Residence at the Center for New Music, Old First Concerts and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
About Pascal Le Boeuf:
Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and producer whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.
Pascal’s latest project imaginist, is a full-length album collaboration between the JACK Quartet and the Le Boeuf Brothers Quintet (co-led by Remy Le Boeuf). The 9-piece hybridized chamber ensemble was praised by the New Yorker for "clearing their own path, mixing the solid swing of the jazz tradition with hip-hop, indie rock, and the complex techniques of classical modernism". Additional recent projects include “Alpha” by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird), “GIRLS” by the flute/piano duo RighteousGIRLS, “Transition Behavior” by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra, and “Empty Promise” an award-winning short film in collaboration with Goldfeather and Robby Bowen.
As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio "Pascal's Triangle" featuring bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Justin Brown.
Pascal’s most recent awards include a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Instrument Composition, the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in "Jazz", "Eclectic" and "Electronica" categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center Stage, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA.