JP CONCERTS : Variant 6's Pensées
Vocal sextet Variant 6 makes its Boston debut with a world premiere by JP resident Jeremy Gill
Friday - January 12 @ 8PM
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Les hommes sont si nécessairement fous que ce serait être fou par un autre tour de folie de n'être pas fou. “Men are so inevitably mad that not to be mad would be to give a mad twist to madness!” Blaise Pascal’s words from his monumental collection Pensées form one of the central movements of Jeremy Gill’s new work for Philadelphia-based vocal sextet Variant 6. Pascal’s circling enchanting prose resonates even hundreds of years after they were written and its subject matter is deeply relevant today: faith doubt madness hubris and mortality. Inspired by a performance of the composer’s setting of Pascal’s Le silence éternel in 2016 Variant 6 and Jamaica Plain resident Jeremy Gill team up to expand the setting into a new work. Variant 6 makes its Boston debut at JP Concerts and will perform other contemporary and early music alongside the world premiere of Jeremy Gill.
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Variant 6 is a vocal ensemble based in Philadelphia that gives virtuosic performances of early and new music. By performing rarely heard works, commissioning new works collaborating with other artists and ensembles and educating young musicians Variant 6 seeks to advance the art of vocal chamber music in 21st-century America. All of our members maintain busy performing and teaching schedules in Philadelphia and New York and regularly appear with Seraphic Fire Santa Fe Desert Chorale The Crossing Roomful of Teeth Spire Ensemble Apollo's Fire and more. The 2017-18 season sees Variant 6 making its debuts in New York Boston and Connecticut.