Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh: Forgotten Tunings

7/28/18 at 8:00 pm
Wind River: 421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz
Tickets: $10 - 25

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Bridging the worlds of Baroque and experimental practices, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh performs selections from Heinrich Biber’s “Rosary Sonatas,” a series of works each with different violin tunings that was all but lost from their composition in c. 1676 until the 20th century. Interspersed with these sonatas are pieces by experimental tuning theorist and practitioner Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, the delicate scordatura harmonics of Catherine Lamb’s solo violin work open-scape, and the full expanse of violin techniques from Anahita Abbasi. McIntosh will be accompanied on the Biber sonatas by Ian Pritchard, an early music keyboardist and musicologist.

LA-based violinist/composer Andrew McIntosh has a unique and multifaceted career spanning solo, chamber, and early music engagements across the US and in Europe. He performs frequently with period instrument ensembles Bach Collegium San Diego, Musica Angelica, and Tesserae. He is a founding member of the Formalist Quartet, which focuses on new repertoire and is currently in its 12th season, and has appeared as a soloist at the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series, REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Miller Theatre in New York, and festivals in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands.

His compositions have been featured at major venues in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Los Angeles, and New York, including several recent performances at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series in Walt Disney Concert Hall and at Miller Theatre in New York. He has received commissions from organizations such as the LA Philharmonic, The Industry Opera Company, Calder Quartet, and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He is based in the LA area and currently serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts teaching violin, viola, composition, chamber music, and baroque performance practice.

Ian Pritchard, early keyboardist and musicologist, is active as a performer and as a researcher. As a continuo player he has performed with many leading early music ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Florilegium (with which he has toured in Europe and in South America). He earned degrees in harpsichord from Oberlin Conservatory and from the Royal Academy of Music, London, and is currently a PhD candidate in musicology at USC (Los Angeles). In 2003 - 2004 Ian was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently on faculty at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

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