2017-18 Metropolitan Museum of Art Quartet-in-Residence

Welcome to the Aizuri Quartet's Metropolitan Museum of Art Residency page. You can find details about our five concerts we presented throughout the season including videos, program notes, and other fun materials. Enjoy!


Music & Mayhem

October 21, 2017, The Aizuri Quartet curated their first show titled "Music & Mayhem," featuring works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Reich, and Beethoven that were written during and in response to periods of political upheaval.

Click on the playlist button for additional songs written in times of mayhem

Music & Isolation

December 1, 2017, The Aizuri Quartet curated their second show titled "Music & Isolation," featuring works by Conlon Nancarrow, Joseph Haydn, Hildegard von Bingen, Carlo Gesualdo, and Beethoven -- works that were written in various forms of isolation

Japan Across the World

February 23, 2018, The third installment of Aizuri Quartet's Met Residency explored three composers of Japanese descent, their voices molded by their different environments. Joined by shakuhachi performer Kojiro Umezaki, the program included works by Kojiro himself, Akira Nishimura, and Paul Wiancko.

Seven Last Words

March 31, 2018, The Aizuri Quartet joined forces with spoken word artist and poet extraordinaire Denice Frohman for an afternoon reimagining Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross." Denice created new poetry that she recited between movements to put a fresh new spin on this historical work.

Click on the playlist button for pieces that compliment Haydn's "Seven Last Words"

Music & Migration

The final MetLiveArts show features the Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh from the Silkroad Ensemble for an evening of deeply felt musical reflections on the theme of migration. The program includes 5 world premieres by composers Michi WianckoCan BilirWang LuPauchi Sasaki, and Kinan himself. The quartet will also perform Lembit Beecher’s “These Memories May True,” and Armenian Folk Songs by Komitas Vartabed.