Zachary Watkins: Suite for String Quartet Version VI


"My compositions are interested in questions most of which I have yet to define. One clear concern is high vibration resonance. This can be understood any way you wish as each of the three words have complex meanings.


For me this phrase represents an interest in imagining radical energy exchange / transformation. Composing relationships that have potential to excite, resonate, grow, energize.


Over time my output for new through composed works has focused on site specificity, individuals, economy of resources. I often attempt single page scores and I always try to write for specific individuals and rooms if at all possible. Strategies designed to investigate high vibration resonance.

Suite for String Quartet VI is my first substantial piece. Composed between 2004 -2006 and in continuous revision ever since employs a 16 tone harmonic tuning distributed among the four string instruments. This is my first piece to utilize a specific tuning based on the unique resonant frequencies of the performance space and in this case the Mills College Concert Hall Foyer as well as live interactive computer synthesized multi-channel processing. Version VI however was premiered on May 12th, 2017 in Seattle, Wa at the resonant Good Shepherd Center Chapel and features an all acoustic performance and exchanges cello for upright bass. "

-Zachary Watkins

Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin

Austin Larkin, violin

Heather Bentley, viola

Darth Nielsen, bass  

Recorded and Mixed by Zachary James Watkins