Mousai Remix – Photo: Steve Neighorn
Playing their continuing series of the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn (along with those of Debussy, Ravel, and Prokfiev), Mousai Remix continue their sophomore season at Ivories Jazz Lounge tonight, February 24th, at 7:00 p.m. with Prokofiev’s Quartet in B minor, Op. 50 and Mendelssohn’s Op. 44 no. 3. Tonight’s show, and the final show on April 28th are fundraisers to benefit Portland Summer Ensembles – a summer chamber music program for young people. A PSE ensemble will play a prelude at 6:30 p.m.
Seating may be very limited – concerts have sold out dinner seating well in advance. Call 503.241.6514 to see if you can still get a table. There is limited bar seating which does not require a reservation and is available on a first come, first served basis.
I hate going to concerts. I love going to concerts. Perhaps I was required to read too much Kant and Hegel in my undergraduate senior thesis class. I’ve got a nice, ripe dualism in my psyche. It’s a common dilemma to most performing musicians. We have a night off, and the last thing we want to do is go to see a concert, a play, or a movie. But going to see something satisfying and good is, well, satisfying and good. And that is entirely worthwhile. Just as Sunday night’s debut concert by the string quartet Mousai Remix proved to be. Continue reading
There is indeed a new string quartet in town, one that is aiming to perform great classical music in a non-traditional space. That quartet is Mousai Remix, and it’s made up of four players from the Oregon Symphony (Shin-young Kwon and Emily Cole, violins; Jennifer Arnold, viola; and Marilyn de Oliveira). If you don’t think that they’ve got some serious attitude and intensity to bring to their music making, then just take a look at their photo:
They’re all kick ass players who are also great people, so seeing them all together in a string quartet can’t help but be a good thing!
They’ve picked six great quartets to start their journey: the three relatively (and unjustly) neglected string quartets of Johannes Brahms, and the great Rasumovsky quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven – one of each on each concert.
The first of their three concert series will take place this Sunday, February 12, at 8 p.m. at Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant (1435 NW Flanders St, Portland, 97219). The doors open at 7 pm for food and drink orders. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted towards the Oregon Symphony’s Kinderkonzert fund, in efforts to increase the number of outreach performances in Portland area schools.
You can follow Mousai Remix on Facebook and Twitter @mousairemix.
In case you were wondering, the Mousai (Muses) were the goddesses of music, song, and dance, in Greek mythology.