Open Space Music

Open Space: Code Switching with Alex Fortes (A Far Cry)

September 26, 2020 7:00PM EST

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A big part of being a musician is being able to code switch - between the different styles we play, the various languages used to indicate musical gestures, dynamics, techniques, and in rehearsing with our colleagues. 

Violinist Alex Fortes takes us on a musical odyssey spanning from pieces arranged from the 12th Century Codex Calixtinus to contemporary violin solos by preeminent African American composer George Walker and American concert-music composer Scott Wheeler. In between Alex will also present pieces by Fritz Kreisler, Gabriela Lena Frank, and J.S. Bach.

Code Switching touches base on every aspect of music making - traditional, historical, and contemporary.

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Open Space Music is partnering with A Far Cry to co-present one or two "Criers," or members of the ensemble every month. 

A native of San Diego, New York-based violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances throughout Europe, Indonesia, South America, North America with groups such as the Attacca Quartet, Henschel Quartett, Franklin String Quartet, Momenta Quartet, Toomai Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, Quodlibet Ensemble, and A Far Cry.  His playing is featured on A Far Cry’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014. He can also be heard on a forthcoming album with the Henschel Quartett and pianist Donald Berman featuring the music of Chris Theofanidis.