Die Reihe – 106 Kerri Chandler Chords
Nick Klein’s brilliant NYC export Primitive Languages presents a new abstracted and engaged work from die Reihe, aka Jack Callahan. Collecting 106 chords from the productions of living legend Kerri Chandler, Callahan rearranged and recontextualized these harmonics for string quartet.
The material was performed live by NYC’s SEM Ensemble, resulting in a wholly new work. Inventive and gratifying combinations of notes in subtle oscillation are separated by bouts of silence, encouraging appreciation for and celebration of each one. Here Callahan merges his interests in archival and intermediary activity and the examination of a single musical element from within a body of work.