From the New Canon at Q2: “Balancing Acts ” Jeffrey Zeigler and Paola Prestini

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Jeffrey Zeigler and Paola Prestini talk about restoring “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.”

“It’s a first for the New Canon: A husband-wife chat with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and composer Paola Prestini, both of whom are featured in the group’s Awakening at BAM.

Jeffrey Zeigler

Paola Prestini

There’s something really compelling about the new Kronos Quartet collaboration for BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and it’s not just their subtitle—’a musical meditation on the anniversary of 9/11,’ or their aim to combine music from several cultures—including those of the Floodplain. What grips me most is the idea of using music as a substitute for spoken language, to restore in Kronos violinist David Harrington’s words, equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.


In the last few weeks, we’ve turned to music a lot for that equilibrium. And when it comes to communication, that word gets a fair amount of use among couples. So with that in mind, why stop at talking to friend of the show Jeffrey Zeigler about the communicative power of music when we can talk to both Zeigler and his wife, the luminous Paola Prestini, whose music will be featured in Awakening? We’ll fire them up with the Canon and ask: Where does music pick up where words fail?

And if you loved our last Kronos show, you won’t want to miss more from our fav fab four, plus works by Prestini and a few other composers featured in this BAMtacular.”

See the full article here, also with interactive utilities.

The New Canon on Q2 is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

Olivia Giovetti