The FLUX Quartet has performed to great acclaim worldwide, including at the Tate Modern in London with BBC Radio 3; the Park Avenue Armory and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York City; The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Mount Tremper Arts and EMPAC in New York State; and LACMA in Los Angeles as well as at international festivals in Australia, Europe, and Asia. The group’s discography includes recordings on the Cantaloupe, Innova, New World, and Tzadik labels in addition to the full string quartet catalog of Morton Feldman on Mode Records. A project highlight of the current season is the production of two full programs for the series Concerts from the Library of Congress, which can be viewed on that esteemed institution’s website through June 2022.
Strongly influenced by the “anything goes” philosophy of Fluxus, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX in the late 1990s. The quartet has since cultivated an uncompromising repertoire that combines works by late 20th-century iconoclasts like Nancarrow, Cage, Ligeti, Scelsi, and Xenakis with today’s pioneers, including Oliver Lake, David First, Alvin Lucier, Wadada Leo Smith, and many others. To support the creation of new work, FLUX actively commissions and has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America. Featured premieres in 2021 include an interactive electroacoustic piece by Hans Tammen as well as Marc Neikrug’s new chamber opera, A Song by Mahler. Additionally, in the past year, FLUX released a live recording of the complete quartet output of Toshi Ichiyanagi, a leader of the Japanese avant-garde.
The spirit to expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet. To that end, the quartet avidly pursues interdisciplinary projects, resulting in acclaimed new works with choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon, balloonist Judy Dunaway, the digital collective OpenEndedGroup, and visual artist Matthew Barney.