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Friction Quartet + Danny Clay + Pascal Le Boeuf

  • Center for New Music 55 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($10-15)


  • Große Fuge Op. 133 (1825) – by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • 27 Overtures – Composed by Ms. Closek’s 3rd Grade Class at West Portal Elementary School, 2012; Arranged by Danny Clay, realized by Friction Quartet
  • CounterPaint: The Art of the Fugue – by Pascal Le Boeuf, Danny Clay, Friction Quartet (Otis Harriel, Kevin Rogers, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz), Daniel Silliman, Emma O’Halloran, Gemma Peacocke, Steve Mackey, Matt McBane, So Percussion (Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, and Eric Cha- Beach), Ninfea P. Cruttwell-Reade, Bora Yoon, Connor Elias Way, Tom Morrison, Natalie Dietterich, Anna Pidgorna, Juri Seo, Florent Ghys, Tamika Gorski, Molly Herron, Jenny Beck, Alyssa Weinberg, Anna Meadors, Chris Douthitt, Elliot Cole, Katelyn Halpern, Mike Mulshine, Kevin Eikenberg, and Annika Socolofsky.
  • Wanderlust – by Pascal Le Boeuf
  • Family of Others – by Pascal Le Boeuf
  • Ritual Being – by Pascal Le Boeuf

Friction Quartet premieres new works by Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and producer Pascal Le Boeuf and beloved local composer Danny Clay during this exciting double-bill event. The evening includes Le Boeuf’s latest large-scale work “Ritual Being,” performed by a hybrid ensemble comprised of Friction Quartet and his own jazz ensemble. Made possible by support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, “Ritual Being” explores the differential manifestation of human behavior patterns at micro (individual) and macro (en masse) scales, and how these “rituals” can be either propitious or disastrous.

Friction Quartet will also premiere “CounterPaint: The Art of the Fugue,” an interdisciplinary collaborative work that incorporates elements of classical music, collaborative painting, graphic notation, and improvisation to document a community of like-minded musicians through the lens of a party game. By combining concepts from Danny Clay’s “27 Overtures” with Pascal Le Boeuf’s collaborative approach to painting with groups of musicians, Clay and Le Boeuf engaged 34 composers and musicians to co-author a piece by approaching 27 canvases. This occasion will mark the world premiere screening and release of the “CounterPaint” music video (by Four/Ten Media), which showcases the painting process and Friction’s studio interpretations of the work.

Stick around for a drink with the artists and get an up-close look at the extensive collection of score- paintings!

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 Le Boeuf has a strong percussive element to his playing, which he combines with a keen sense of dynamics.
— Downbeat Magazine

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.