If you’ve been checking the Chicago Q Ensemble facebook page in the last week, you may have noticed some odd pictures. Ellen, standing on a giant box, violin under her chin, with crazy pink lights behind her. Aimee, playing while kneeling on the floor with her music stand pushed down as far as it will go. You’ve probably been thinking to yourself, “Those Q ladies have really gone off the deep end. Can’t they just have a normal rehearsal?” Well yes, we’ve been doing that too—matching bowstrokes, working with the metronome, yadda yadda yadda. But what we’re really excited about, the thing that has us sending emails back and forth with the subject line “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh”, the thing that has us free-writing about prayer, and the thing that has actually been shaping many of our musical decisions is our explorations into true interdisciplinary collaboration.
Q has always placed interdisciplinary collaboration at the heart of our mission, but I think this is the deepest we’ve ever taken that idea. We can’t just slap some photos up on a screen or tack a monologue onto a Beethoven trio movement. We have to look deeply at where the connections really lie.
Dear friends and supporters of Chicago Q,
[I hope that your summer has been one of personal growth, as well as relaxation and recreation.]
I’m writing to share with you that I will be leaving the quartet and embarking on a journey of pursuing personal artistic endeavors. While I am excited to be setting out, at the same time, I am sad to depart.
Do you ever get that feeling that your professional life has turned completely schizophrenic? That’s kind of what happened to us last week. After a month and a half of regular rehearsals, we played three concerts in what were probably the most insanely DIFFERENT settings we could possibly imagine.
Ssince we’re all wishing each other a Happy 2013 and reflecting on 2012, I thought this would be a great time to review some of our big successes of the past year.