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All-female Rhythm Method plays Pipino series concert

The all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet will be the next offering in the 2019-20 Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series.

The quartet strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context. The four performer-composers continually expand their sonic and expressive palette through the use of graphic notation, vocalization, improvisation and performance.

Recent programming has included numerous premieres by their own members as well as newer works / premieres by Tonia Ko, Lewis Nielson, Dai Fujikura, Andrew Norman and other living composers, sound artists and songwriters.

Marina Kifferstein is a violinist and composer based in New York City and is a founding member of the quartet. She is on violin faculty at the United Nations International School in New York City and the Composers Conference summer festival, and she earned her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College Conservatory and her master’s at Manhattan School of Music.

Cellist Meaghan Burke also is a founding member of the Rhythm Method as well as the performance trio Dead Language and the avant-grunge band Forever House. Her latest album is “Creature Comforts.”

Violinist / violist, composer, and visual artist Leah Asher has performed throughout the United States and Europe and served as solo violist of the NOSO Sinfoniettaen and co-principal viola of the Arctic Philharmonic 2013-2016. She also has degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music.

Violist Wendy Richman is a founding member of the New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble, and her critically acclaimed recordings can be heard on Albany Records, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP / sound, Mode Records, NAXOS, New Focus, New World and Tzadik.

This season the quartet continues its Hidden Mothers Project, an initiative highlighting works by historical women composers. It will also bring the third installment of Broad Statements, a celebration of creative music-making by women in a wide array of artistic styles.

The Rhythm Method will release its debut album, featuring new works by all of the quartet members, on SCRIPTS Records in 2020.

The concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Butler North, 530 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for senior citizens and YSU faculty and staff, $5 for children age 17 and younger and free for YSU students. Tickets are available online at ysu.tix.com and by calling the Youngstown State University Theatre box office at 330-941-2307.