VAIL — The Calder Quartet returns to Bravo! Vail Saturday night, kicking off a week of performances with a free concert at the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards. The second concert in the new Bravo! Vail After Dark series, the Calder Quartet’s After Dark set begins at 8 p.m.
Designed to remove traditional barriers between artists and audiences while showcasing performances by cutting-edge artists, the After Dark series opened earlier this month with Chicago ensemble Third Coast Percussion at the Vail Ale House. The goal of Bravo! Vail’s After Dark series is to foster a spirit of collaboration and experimentation, featuring classically-based music that is curated to match both the space and audience.
The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Their upcoming Bravo! Vail performances also include two Silver Oak & Twomey concerts on the evenings of July 29 and 31, as well as a free concert at Vail Interfaith Chapel at 1 p.m. on July 31.
Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works – including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès – the Calder Quartet’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event.
Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date). They continue to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world,as well as rock, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls.
The Calder Quartet has produced highly-praised recordings, including the Mozart Piano Concertos K. 414, 415, 449 arranged for string quartet, bass and piano, with pianist and Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne Marie McDermott. Their recordings also include the Grammy-nominated “The Edge of Light” featuring Messaien and Saariaho with pianist Gloria Cheng, and the Emmy-Award winning title theme to the Starz drama series “Da Vinci’s Demons” by Bear McCreary.
Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform creates an artfully crafted musical experience.