Chartreuse (Myra Hinrichs, violin; Helen Newby, cello; Carrie Frey, viola) received a Creativity and Leadership grant from Oberlin Conservatory to tour Norway in January of 2013. Part of that tour was a collaboration with Peter Swendsen, an Oberlin faculty composer. We worked with him to create this piece throughout the fall and winter of 2012 and premiered it in Oslo at the Norges Musikkhøgskole on January 22nd. Peter met up with us for the first week of our Norwegian tour and performed with us on live electronics for the premiere of this piece. For more information about Chartreuse and our tour, check out our website, http://www.chartreusequartet.org !
A little program-note-ish blurb about Migration Study:
The structure is a series of games whose basic pitch set is derived from the strings of the traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. The piece is extremely interactive; much of its direction and content comes from the choices we make as individuals and as a group. Picture a large flock of birds (particularly starlings) wheeling and fluttering near-synchronously on the collective whim of the moment.