The Spektral Quartet are funny people. Their bios once took the form of Q&As with questions such as “Which string quartet in history had the best hair?” and “What should Spektral Quartet’s metal, alter-ego band name be?” (The best answer: “Extended Deathniques.”) When performing Morton Feldman’s 6-hour-long second string quartet, they created a ridiculous, ‘80s-style workout video called “SIX-HOUR ABS!” And their most recent album, Serious Business, includes a composition by Chris Fisher-Lochhead built around close transcriptions of stand-up comics. Their humor—and their personalities generally—are integral to what they do, signaling the expressivity central to their music. This approach allows the quartet to devise creative, diverse programs that draw connections across centuries. They are also deeply connected to the new music scene in their native Chicago; they serve as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago, and collaborate with many Chicago-based composers.
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