A few years back the Haydn Festival in Brühl, Germany commissioned me to reimagine the Haydn Sun Quartets for my String Feartet of violin, viola, cello, and electric guitar. As with most reimaginations, it was aesthetically satisfying to imagine away most of the original.
After the premier the String Feartet went into the studio to record the double CD "Haydn," which was released on Between the Lines.
Now just down the road a piece, the Beethoven 2020 Festival, a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, has commissioned me to reimagine the fantastic late string quartets, again for my String Feartet. Many thanks to them, and for the In Situ Art Society, which is the engine powering the project, for the vote of confidence.
For the first time in 14 years I will be playing in Wisconsin. So far there will be two solo acoustic guitar performances. July 27 I will be at the Arts and Literature Laboratory in Madison. July 28 I will be playing in Sturgeon Bay. And I'm beating the bushes for more possibilities. Speak up now or risk waiting until 2032.
For these gigsI will be playing material from my 2015 New Atlantis Records CD "burning in water, drowning in Flame," plus newer pieces.
The final third of my Beckett project is underway. These are instrumental settings of Samuel Barclay Beckett’s short plays. “Beckett” was released on Clean Feed Records in 2006. “Samuel” was released on New World Records in 2009. “Barclay” will be recorded in July and released on Clean Feed in September. This fall the new set of music will premier at CD-release concerts in Cologne, Münster, and a third German city.
Matthias Schubert, tenor saxophone ➤ Scott Roller, cello ➤ Dirk Rothbrust, percussion ➤ SF, guitar
Supported by Musikfonds e.V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.