The FLUX Quartet has performed to rave reviews in venues worldwide, including 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, and Tzadik labels in addition to the full string quartet catalog of Morton Feldman on Mode Records.
Strongly influenced by the “anything goes” philosophy of the Fluxus movement, 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, such as Cage, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Scelsi, and Xenakis, with ones by today’s visionaries, including Oliver Lake, David First, Michael Hersch, Alvin Lucier, Marc Neikrug, Wadada Leo Smith, Julia Wolfe, and many others. FLUX has premiered more than 100 compositions and been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America.
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, digital collective the OpenEndedGroup, and visual artist Matthew Barney. In the upcoming season, FLUX will perform and record the full string quartet output of Toshi Ichiyanagi, widely acknowledged as an influential pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde.