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OpenICE at the Hideout | Apophthegms

  • The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Avenue Chicago, IL, 60642 United States (map)


"Apophthegms" are aphorisms, and John Zorn's miniature Apophthegms pull maximum musical emotion from two very emotive violins. ICE violinists Jennifer Curtis and David Bowlin face off on a program of duos by Italian master Luciano Berio, eclectic Soviet modernist Edison Denisov and New York jazz punk icon John Zorn.  Also featured is the world premiere of Jennifer Curtis' work for violin and mandolin, The Moon and the Sand.  This OpenICE concert is presented FREE at the Hideout in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council.

The concert will be followed by a discussion about the music with the performers and prominent Chicago artists.

Program to include:

John Zorn (b. 1953): Apophthegms (2012)
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Duetti  (1979-1983)
Edison Denisov (1929-1996): Sonata for Two Violins
Jennifer Curtis: The Moon in the Sand: Conversations For Violin and Mandolin (2006).

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Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as "one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs," and celebrated her as "an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for."

As a violinist, Jennifer is driven by passion and curiosity, eliminating boundaries of musical genres and traversing the globe with musical diplomacy. Winner of Astral Artists Milka/Astral grand prize for violin and Artists International presentations, Jennifer is also an improviser, composer, multi-instrumentalist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and educator.

Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin has won critical acclaim for his solo and chamber music performances from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. He is an accomplished performer of a broad range of repertoire old and new, and has performed recitals and concertos across the US. Among these are dozens of premieres, including the 2007 world premiere at Carnegie Hall’ s Weill Recital Hall of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin. Accolades include first prize in violin at the 2003 Washington International Competition and the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University. Bowlin has toured across the U.S. as a member of the Oberlin Trio with Oberlin faculty members Haewon Song and Amir Eldan, and is a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, with whom he has toured extensively in the US and former Soviet Union.

Project Lead: Jennifer Curtis & David Bowlin