Friday, May 24, 2013

Jack Quartet – a unique sensory experience

The Reykjavík Arts Festival featured a performance in complete darkness by the Jack Quartet – an amazing group of young American musicians.  The audience sat in complete darkness for over one hour and listened to String Quartet No. 3 “In iij. Noct.” by Haas.  While somewhat uncomfortable during the initial minutes of pitch darkness, the senses quickly lost track of time and the sounds seemed much sharper and more intense in the absence of visual cues.  At the end of the performance the audience was clearly unsettled by the unique experience and eager to share their thoughts with one another. This was art.