For more than a decade, MIT’s Keeril Makan has been creating hard-driving, visceral music that is blended with a quiet beauty – offering listeners around the world what Newsday calls “a fascinating wedding of intellect and expressivity.” In this concert, two of his works for string quartet received their US premieres, The Noise Between Thoughts and Washed By Fire. Both were performed by contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, which has been praised by the New York Times as a “first-rate…ensemble that plays by its own rules.” Founded in 2004 by pianist/composer Richard Carrick and percussionist David Shively, Either/Or focuses on new works for unconventional chamber ensembles and soloists rarely heard elsewhere. A third work for percussion, Resonance Alloy, was performed by David Shively.
|Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music
Composer for Language of Music Concert
March 5, 2011
Composer of Washed by Fire concert at the Institute for Contemporary Art
March 17, 2011
Keeril Makan, Associate Professor of Music at MIT, creates hard-driving, visceral music that is blended with a quiet beauty – offering listeners around the world what Newsday calls “a fascinating wedding of intellect and expressivity.” His musical influences include American folk music, the European avant-garde, Indian classical music, and minimalism. The resulting synthesis is what the Other Minds Music Festival called “music that, in its sheer intensity, thwarts assumptions of what is beautiful.” Recipient of the 2008 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, among numerous other awards, his work has been commissioned by such groups as the Bang On a Can All-Stars, the Kronos Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, the Paul Dresher Electroacoustic Band, and Carnegie Hall.