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Classical Tue Mar 25 2014

Spektral Quartet Premieres "Mobile Minatures"

By Elliot Mandel

MM-final-square-300x300.jpegYou know that thing when someone's phone rings and it's the same ringtone as your phone so you reach for it but it's not your phone? That's because your ringtone is boring and unoriginal. Get a better one recorded and performed by a real live string quartet this Saturday, March 29 when Spektral Quartet premieres 50+ ringtones composed for your phone. SQ's ambitious "Mobile Miniatures" project — the first of its kind anywhere — features more than 40 of today's leading composers who have written tiny masterpieces to be used as ringtones, alerts, and wake-up alarms. The roster of composers includes such luminaries as Augusta Read Thomas, Nico Muhly, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Julia Holter, Nicold Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and David Lang. The interactive concert also features Marcos Balter and Chris Fisher-Lochhead who will compose ringtones live using audience input and projected on the walls. In addition to the live performance of all the Mobile Miniatures, the pieces will be available for download and ticket holders receive five free ringtones of their choice for free. Get rid of boring ringtones and bring the world of new classical music to your phone (and to everyone else within earshot).

Spektral Quartet performs "Mobile Minatures" on Saturday, March 29, 8:30pm at Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave.). The $15 cover includes five free ringtones.

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