We care about representing music from the entirety of our community. Our programming reflects works from composers of diverse ethnicities, stylistic approaches, social standing, identities, etc. We know that there is much to be done to create a community of equity and diversity and are constantly striving to promote the values we hold closest to our hearts.
Boston-based Semiosis Quartet was formed in 2014. Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “astonishing,” the quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Highlights of Semiosis’s 2017-18 season include a concert featuring composers from Latin American countries as well as appearances at the Boston Sculptors’ Gallery, New Music Gathering, and the inaugural Re:Sound New Music Festival in Cleveland. The quartet presented repertoire by Aaron Jay Myers, Shih-Hui Chen, Stefanie Lubkowski, Curtis Hughes, Steven Snowden, Anthony Green, Missy Mazzoli, Caroline Shaw, and others. Semiosis continually seeks to expand the quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Curtis Hughes, Aaron Jay Myers, and Camila Agosto.
Semiosis Quartet was appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Previously they worked with the JACK Quartet, the Muir Quartet, and composer Joan Tower as part of the Emerging Quartets and Composers program at the Deer Valley Music Festival. Other highlights of past seasons include appearances as part of the Equilibrium Concert Series, the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, and August Noise JP. Deeply committed to music education, Semiosis has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Tufts University, MIT, and Bowling Green State University.
The quartet’s name refers to a process where a subject uses a message or symbol to communicate. The audience interprets the message to derive meaning. Study of this process crosses the boundaries of linguistics, anthropology, and biological sciences. Likewise, Semiosis Quartet demonstrates how the contemporary string quartet repertoire is a vehicle for a diverse collection of narratives from around the world.