The Carinthian Connection
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Carinthian Connection

This program juxtaposes drastically different composers who were heavily influenced by the local landscape: Anton Webern who grew up in the hills and forests of Klagenfurt, Bernd Klug, a native of Villach, and RM cellist Meaghan Burke, who has found creative inspiration through her personal connections to the region.

Admission is FREE


Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett by Anton Webern

string quartet and skyscrapter 2.0(2016) by Bernd Klug

Song selections by Meaghan Burke

This concert is sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum:

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PLG Arts Music Festival
7:00pm 7:00pm

PLG Arts Music Festival


PLG Arts Music Festival presents The Rhythm Method at The Owl


Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett by Anton Webern

Hollux Rey by Leah Asher

A selection of songs by Meaghan Burke 

$10 suggested donation

The first PLG Arts Music Festival, a weeklong event from May 15-21, features almost 50 musicians in 9 different locations throughout Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Performances include jazz and improvised music at KD’s, 65 Fen, Parkside Pizza, Soup and Sound, and Westbury Inn, chamber music at The Owl Music Parlor, a classical brunch at Desserts by Michael Allen’s, an afternoon Latin jazz performance outdoors at Parkside Plaza, and a family music event at Greenlight Bookstore. All PLG Arts–sponsored events are free; some cooperating venues may charge admission.

The PLG Arts Music Festival 2017 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). PLG Arts is also grateful for funding from the office of City Councilman Mathieu Eugene.

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Creature Comforts Release Show
9:30pm 9:30pm

Creature Comforts Release Show

The Rhythm Method accompanies our cellist, Meaghan Burke, in releasing her second album, "Creature Comforts".  Come celebrate (and sing along!) with Meaghan and this incredibly awesome band of New York (and Austrian!) musicians who (mostly) played on the record:

The Rhythm Method:
Marina Kifferstein and Leah Asher, violins
Anne Lanzilotti, viola
with very special guests Lavinia Pavlish, violin
Carlos Cordeiro, clarinets
Zeke Healy, resonator guitar
Protestant Work Ethic, banjo and vocals
Pete Wise, drums

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased in advance here:

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Hear By Design
7:30pm 7:30pm

Hear By Design

Music Mondays Presents: Hear by Design: Music of Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman, composer

Jennifer Koh, violin

Variation Trio - Jennifer Koh, violin; Scott St. John, viola; Wilhelmina Smith, cello

Rhythm Method - Leah Asher, violin; Maria Kifferstein, violin; Anne Lanzilotti, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello

Trident Ensemble - Daniel Moody, countertenor; Owen McIntosh, tenor; Edmund Milly, baritone; Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone

Aaron Wunsch, piano

From the Music Mondays website:

Composer Andrew Norman’s music of “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” (New York Times) has made him one of the most widely admired young composers working today. His “staggering imagination” (Boston Globe) draws inspiration from disparate sources, including architecture, cinema, and video games – resulting in music that is fun, funny, and deeply moving. The fourteen performers include violinist Jennifer Koh ("one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians," New York Times), the Variation Trio, and string quartet The Rhythm Method ("uncompromising and unreserved," - with Andrew on hand to introduce his music.

Andrew Norman: Stop Motion for String Quartet (New York Premiere)

Dufay - Nuper rosarum flores

Andrew Norman - Farnsworth: Four Portraits of a House

J. S. Bach - Two Part Inventions (arr. for strings)

Andrew Norman - Companion Guide to Rome

Kurtág: Hommage à Ránki György

Andrew Norman - Still Life

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Escape-Landscape: Brown, Ko, Klug, Norman
7:30pm 7:30pm

Escape-Landscape: Brown, Ko, Klug, Norman

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the AC Institute, New York, NY

7:30pm doors open, 8pm concert — $10 admission includes free refreshments and light snacks. Drawing above by Tonia Ko.

Description: The Rhythm Method String Quartet in collaboration with the AC Institute of New York presents “Escape-Landscape.” This concert features Tonia Ko’s Escape-Landscape (2014), Bernd Klug’s string quartet and skyscrapter 2.0 (2016), Andrew Norman’s Peculiar Strokes (2015), and Earle Brown’s String Quartet (1965)—all pieces that deal with perception and subtle shifts within it.

Ko’s Escape-Landscape takes its inspiration from drawing the “the intricate layers of earth and ice” characteristic of the landscape in Ithaca. Through changing the distance of observation, however, both landscape and drawing transform into bold geometric shapes. The perception of distance is explored through juxtaposed musical textures.

Klug’s string quartet and skyscrapter 2.0 is part of an ongoing collaboration with The Rhythm Method String Quartet. The first iteration involved an installation in the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York that is now heard as echoes in the electronics. By layering different performances in the live electronics, time can be perceived differently through its engagement with itself, both exposing the personal experiences of the performers and engaging the listener as a part of that new layered perception.

Norman’s Peculiar Strokes explores subtle shifts in perception based on textural changes. Each movement employs a specific extended technique that cycles through shimmering shifts in balance of underlying chorales. The different timbral filters create structure through shifting the listener’s perception of the surface of the sound.

Finally, Brown’s String Quartet (1965) deals with the notation of time and its fluidity by experimenting with score as “mobile.” With its juxtaposition different ways of exploring the subtleties of perception in texture and time, the program provides a window for the audience to reflect on their own perceptions of time, moment, and memory.

Produced with support from the Earle Brown Music Foundation,


            Earle Brown, String Quartet (1965)

            Tonia Ko, Escape-Landscape (2014)

            Bernd Klug, string quartet and skyscrapter 2.0 (2016)

            Andrew Norman, Peculiar Strokes (2015)


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SCRIPTS in Chicago
8:30pm 8:30pm

SCRIPTS in Chicago

March 18, 8:30 pm — FREE!
Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618

SCRIPTS records is passionate about producing, promoting and archiving contemporary concert music, electronic composition and musicians taking influence from both genres. Founded by composers and Chicago natives David Paha and Edward Hamel, SCRIPTS began in 2015 while both David and Edward were living in Los Angeles. Deciding the progressive and evolving music scene of Chicago is best suited for the record label, Edward and Dave returned to Chicago in late 2016. SCRIPTS offers limited runs of vinyl as well as digital downloads to their artists. They continue to expand their catalog by seeking out Chicago ensembles, composers and musicians while also bringing national projects into distribution within local Chicago record stores. 

SCRIPTS will be celebrating the release of David James Paha's "Kill Your Temple/Kill Your Design" available on 12 inch vinyl and digital download. We are fortunate to have The Rhythm Method join us from NYC to perform a new string quartet from Leah Asher. Only will be performing music from their album "Potential Language" as well as new material from their forthcoming EP.

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The Rhythm Method

David James Paha


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BGSU Residency and Concert
8:00pm 8:00pm

BGSU Residency and Concert

The Rhythm Method at Bowling Green State University, College of Musical Arts

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8PM

Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Ohio


An Alien with Extraordinary Abilities (2017) - Marina Kifferstein (b. 1989)

Peculiar Strokes (2011-15) - Andrew Norman (b. 1979)

Hollux Rey (2017) - Leah Asher (b. 1986)
    movement I
    movement II

Sabina (2010) - Andrew Norman

String Quartet, Op. 5 (1944) - Virginia Seay
    Rondo, Allegro con brio

Coda (2016) - Meaghan Burke (b. 1985)

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The Noguchi Museum
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Noguchi Museum

The Once and Future Maiden at The Noguchi Museum

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 3:00pm

In celebration of the exhibition of Noguchi’s two sculptures Birth (1934) and Death (1934) together in the same gallery for the first time, The Noguchi Museum presents The Rhythm Method String Quartet featuring Alice Teyssier in a program entitled The Once and Future Maiden. In the same way that Noguchi sought a lifelong balance between figuration and abstraction, the various compositional voices on this program deal with fragmented portraits of women in life and death.

Dai Fujikura’s silence seeking solace is at times whimsical and ecstatic and in the next instant desolate and cold, as the soprano weaves through the string quartet in whispers and virtuosic vocal leaps. Fujikura’s Deconstructing Franz is a response to the classic Schubert work, Death and the Maiden, bringing the idea of engaging in the history of art and curation to the concert. Leah Asher, known for her beautiful graphic scores, blends the alto flute and viola in delicate breaths and percussive edges in her work If We Should Meet, Here. Asher’s work was written specifically for the performers on this concert, and developed through close collaboration. Finally, Anne Lanzilotti writes a new work for the occasion using two of Noguchi’s obsidian sound sculptures. It is the personal relationships between composers and performers that allows for interpretations which are extreme in their delicacy and physicality, and expose the intimacy and suffering in these works.

This program is free with Museum admission.

Anne Lanzilotti, new work with Noguchi’s sound sculptures
Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. in D Minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"
Dai Fujikura, Deconstructing Franz
Leah Asher, if we should meet, here.
Dai Fujikura, Silence Seeking Solace
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James Moore: Stone Residency
to Jan 21

James Moore: Stone Residency

1/17 Tuesday 9 pm

Desolation Pops
Kathleen Supové (piano) and The Rhythm Method: Marina Kifferstein & Leah Asher (violins) Anne Lanzilotti (viola) Meaghan Burke (cello)
Moore presents a revised and expanded version of Desoloation Pops, an evening length cycle of music for pianist Kathleen Supové and The Rhythm Method String Quartet.

1/21 Saturday 9 pm

Chamber Music by Virginia Seay (1927-2015)
Mila Henry (piano) Mellissa Hughes (voice) The Rhythm Method: Marina Kifferstein & Leah Asher (violins) Anne Lanzilotti (viola) Meaghan Burke (cello) James Moore (music director)
Moore presents a program of chamber music by his grandmother Virginia Seay, an accomplished twelve-tone composer of the 1940s and protégé of Ernst Krenek. Many of these scores have been recently unearthed and will be performed for the first time in over 60 years.

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Chick Quest + The Rhythm Method
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chick Quest + The Rhythm Method


Double entendre will be running extremely high on this double bill featuring the Austrian post-punk band CHICK QUEST and everyone's favorite feminist string quartet, THE RHYTHM METHOD (performing songs by Meaghan Burke and other quaint surprises).

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 8PM
Freddy's Bar & Backroom | 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

9:00 pm: CHICK QUEST
8:00 pm: The Rhythm Method

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The Rhythm Method Austria Tour
to Apr 30

The Rhythm Method Austria Tour

24.4, 20h - im ersten, Wien
The Rhythm Method meets Loose Lips Sink Ships
feat. works by Leah Asher, Marina Kifferstein, Anne Lanzilotti, and all the songs ever

26.4, 20h - Echoraum, Wien
Between the Lines
world premieres of Bernd Klug ´string quartet and skyscraper 2.0´ and Andreas Trobollowitsch ´pitanga´; Austrian premiere of Leah Asher ´Leda`

27.4, 19h30 - ProMusica Carinthia - Warmbaderhof, Villach
The Carinthian Connection
works by Alban Berg, Meaghan Burke, and Bernd Klug

28.4, 20h - Brunnenpassage, Wien
Sounding Architectures
Lecture-Performance by Anne Lanzilotti of Andrew Norman´s ´Companion Guide to Rome´; Lecture-Performance and Workshop on Bernd Klug´s ´string quartet and skyscraper´

This tour and the comission of String Quartet and Skyscraper 2.0 were made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Austrian Bundeskanzleramt .(

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