On February 8, 2015 the Shanghai Quartet will premiere Du Yun’s Tattooed in Snow, commissioned by Peak Performances, Montclair Sate University. This work explores the temporary, fragile crystallization of art in nature and in space, often formed by the repetition of a small idea processed over a long period of time. The players of the Shanghai become four pillars of a musical space; a chant begins to move among them, layers, repeats and takes shape in the manner of a sculpture in sand or snow.
This work is inspired by these delicate art forms as well as chant and poetry, building on Du Yun’s work with both visual and spoken-word artists. This piece will provide a different kind of platform for the Shanghai Quartet and their audience: an experience drawn from one of the richest resources of western music.
The Shanghai Quartet has a long history of championing new music with 27 commissions and world premieres over 30 years.