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Tuba Songs: Jack Adler-McKean and The Rhythm Method

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May 12, 2016 8:00 pm

The Rhythm Method


Acclaimed young tubist Jack Adler-McKean teams up with members of The Rhythm Method string quartet to explore the largely untapped genre of music for strings and tuba. From intimate meditations by Morton Feldman to Meyer Kupferman’s explosive bacchanalia, this program ventures into a wide array of experimental sonic and stylistic territories.






Morton Feldman: Durations I for tuba, violin, and piano


Giacinto Scelsi: Duo for Violin and Cello


Meyer Kupferman: Saturnalis for tuba and cello


Alvin Lucier: Fidelio Trio, for viola, cello, piano


Christian Wolff: Tuba Song for tuba with open instrumentation






The Rhythm Method is the flexible string ensemble (duo/trio/quartet) project of Marina Kifferstein, Lavinia Pavlish (violins), Anne Lanzilotti (viola), and Meaghan Burke (cello). They have been described as “uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural” and praised for their “impressive and gutsy programming” (examiner.com). Since their founding in 2014, the quartet has given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Paris, and Lucerne, and tackled works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Ravel
to newer works/premieres by Leah Asher, Alyssa Weinberg, Andrew Norman, Scott Wollschleger, John Zorn, and other living composers, including members of the ensemble. Along with playing music they’re
passionate about at the highest level, the group’s mission is to re-imagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Through a mixture of thoughtful, eccentric programming, captivating
performances, and collaborations with sound artists, visual artists, and songwriters as well as composers, they present concert experiences that engage and challenge their audiences. Their current season
includes performances at Joe’s Pub, the Met Museum, the Onassis Cultural Center, and Roulette, and featured performances in the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, MATA, and the
Austrian Cultural Forum’s Moving Sounds Festival. Their upcoming Austrian tour will feature world premieres of new works (commissioned by the Austrian Federal Chancellery) by Klug and composer/sound artist Andreas Trobollowitsch, a collaboration with the Austrian singer-songwriter collective Loose Lips Sink Ships, European premieres of works by all members of the ensemble, and additional premieres by Burke. 




A musician originally from Brighton on the south coast of England, Jack Adler-McKean has performed throughout Europe and around the world, and currently is resident in Germany. He works primarily as a performer on the tuba, but extends into many other branches the lower brass family, and the much wider musical world.


He is currently in the Solo Class at the Hochschule für Musik, Theatre und Medien in Hannover, Germany studying with Professor Jens Bjørn-Larsen, having completed his Master of Music in 2013. His studies in Germany have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Deutsche Akademische Austauchdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), the Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarship Trust, and a Study Abroad Studentship from The Leverhulme Trust (his article discussing his studies so far in Germany was published in the Trust’sAnnual Report).

He has participated in masterclasses across Europe with many esteemed brass pedagogues, including Roger BoboØystein BaadsvikHåken Hardenberger, Michael Lind, Mel CulbertsonJames GourlayRoland SzentpalíLes NeishStefan HeimannHans NickelOren Marshall, Kristian Steenstrup and Dirk Hirte.
% in his graduate diploma final examination in 2011. 











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