For New Music, There’s No Quartet Like JACK

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

The JACK Quartet: From left, Jay Campbell, John Pickford Richards, Austin Wulliman and Christopher Otto, Photo: Ulysses Ortega for The New York Times

Its stylistic range, precision and passion have made the group one of contemporary music’s indispensable ensembles.

John Zorn’s ferociously fast thickets of notes and Catherine Lamb’s glacially shifting microtonal drones are both JACK specialties; on Friday, the group will perform Lamb’s 90-minute magnum opus “divisio spiralis” at Yale.

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