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(a place is a place)

January 9, 2020
8:00 pm
Civic Center Studios

(a place is a place) is a bi-coastal collaborative project bringing together two prominent violin/viola duos from both coasts — andPlay (NYC) and Aperture Duo (LA), featuring three newly commissioned works by Carolyn Chen (LA), Matt Evans (NYC), and Andrew McIntosh (LA). With (a place is a place), the lush and ephemeral sonic worlds of these composers align in tandem for an evening of duo and quartet works, highlighting both ensemble's individual identities and their combined power. (a place is a place) will be premiered in Los Angeles presented by Equal Sound on January 9th 2020, followed by a performance at The Crypt of Church of the Intercession in New York City on January 16th, 2020.

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CAROLYN CHEN My Loves Are In America
ANDREW MCINTOSH Transgressions
EVA-MARIA HOUBEN à l’unisson X


Aperture Duo

Aperture Duo curates fearless programs that explore new sounds, voices, and techniques through the lens of violin and viola chamber music. Lauded for their “precision and interpretation” along with their “distinct sense of unity and independence” (, Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo was founded in 2015 by violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell. Equally at home performing old and new music, Aperture Duo actively commissions diverse new works to expand the violin and viola duo repertoire. Performance credits include Tuesdays @ Monk Space, the main stage at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Music at Boston Court, L.A. Signal Lab, LA Downtown Art Walk, Brooklyn's Home Audio Concert Series, UC Santa Barbara Summer Music Festival, Window Concert Series at the Craft in America Center, and Hear Now Music Festival.


Described by I Care If You Listen as “enthusiastic champions for new music and collaboration” and performing “with a welcoming and dynamic spirit,” andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. The New York City-based duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012 and has since commissioned over thirty works. Recent highlights include a five-city tour in Sweden performing their Translucent Harmonies program, appearances on the Oh My Ears Festival (Phoenix) and Re:Sound Festival (Cleveland), and a recording residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY). Maya and Hannah met while studying at Oberlin Conservatory and continued their educations at New York University and the Manhattan School of Music.