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Laurie Anderson: Quartet for Sol | Live Recording Session

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Paula Cooper Gallery

524 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10001

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Laurie Anderson: Quartet for Sol


Composition and opening remarks by Laurie Anderson
Arrangement by Rubin Kodheli
Performed by Kyle Armbrust (viola), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Blake Pouliot (violin) & Lara St. John (violin)


November 6, 2019
7pm Session
8pm Session
Please join us for a live recording session of Laurie Anderson's Quartet for Sol (23 min) on November 6th. Attendees should select one of the two performance times — 7pm or 8pm.
Floor cushions will be provided for seating.
Advanced booking is necessary as space is limited.
Guests are encouraged to sign up for the waiting list and will be notified should space become available.



Quartet for Sol returns to Paula Cooper Gallery for an encore performance following its presentation in November 2018—however on this occasion with the purpose of recording the live event.

Floor cushions will be provided for seating—recalling the gallery's recurring series of “cushion concerts” held from 1978 to 1989 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. To learn more about the series, click here.

From 1972 to 1977 Laurie Anderson composed and revised Quartet for Sol, based on Sol LeWitt’s number series drawings. The preeminent conceptual and minimalist artist Sol LeWitt was a teacher of Anderson's at the School of Visual Arts and remained a mentor throughout her career. "I composed Quartet for Sol by assigning note values to numbers according to their placement in his drawing," Anderson wrote. In 2016 she returned to the piece, working it into a twenty-three-minute composition with an arrangement for string quartet by composer Rubin Kodheli. On November 6, 2019, the piece will be performed by Kyle Armbrust (viola), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Blake Pouliot (violin), and Lara St. John (violin).




Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Anderson has toured within the US and abroad numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events. She has published six books and presented her visual work in major museums around the world.

Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. Since giving his New York solo debut with Kurt Masur and the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, he has created a multi-dimensional career performing and recording a wide range of music. The New York Times has described him as “assured, brilliant, and stylish” and the New York Post called him “musically mature, technically sound.”

Composer and cellist Rubin Kodheli is a celebrated, versatile, genre-transcending creative rebel. The inspirational tapestry of his work is intentionally woven from blended threads of rock, jazz and classical influences, a stylistic trademark that has afforded Kodheli a career rich in its diversity of output. His eclectic work amounts to an intriguing sonic collage able to enrapture and captivate audiences.

At only 25-years-old, violinist Blake Pouliot has been praised by the Toronto Star as, "one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime." Highlights of the 2019-20 season include Pouliot’s debuts with the Atlanta, Asheville, Sarasota and Madison symphonies and a collaborative experience as the featured soloist for the first ever tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Canadian-born Lara St. John is a violin soloist and musical maverick, who has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and as a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has owned her own label, Ancalagon, since 1999, on which she has released albums that range from classical to new commissions to folk music and more.

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Paula Cooper Gallery

524 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10001

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