Event Info

Princeton Sound Kitchen presents percussion ensemble arx duo and string quartet Bergamot Quartet joining forces to perform new works by Princeton University graduate student composers.

Free, Unticketed. 

About the Artist:

arx duo is dedicated to the expansion of the percussion chamber music repertoire through the creation and presentation of new works, the educating and inspiring of young artists, and exciting performances inviting audiences to engage with new works and artists from all over the world. They have had premiere performances throughout the globe, conducted workshops on three continents, and worked with a variety of composers and artists to bring new creations to life for communities everywhere.

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo had given their Royal Albert Hall Debut in London with British Composer of the Year (2018) Dominic Murcott’s “Harmonic Canon.” They were also scheduled to have their Carnegie Hall Debut in April of 2020. Through the pandemic, the group has continued to commission and workshop new pieces with composers, and engage with students and audiences across the globe. Honing their recording skills, they have released numerous videos and full online concerts, and are preparing to release their first album in the spring of 2022, through a residency with Jack Straw Artists in Seattle.

With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Jonathan Bailey Holland, Ted Hearne, Steven Mackey, Juri Seo, and many more. They have worked with a performed with renowned chamber ensembles such as the Dover String Quartet, Aeolus String Quartet, Bergamot String Quartet, Amy Yang, Henry Kramer, The Percussion Collective - Robert van Sice, among many others.


The Bergamot Quartet is fueled by a passion for exploring and advocating for the music of living composers. Founded in Baltimore in 2016, Bergamot Quartet is based in New York City and is currently the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music. Although most of our 2020-2021 season has been impacted by COVID-19, we strongly believe in the creation of art and amplification of voices during this cultural watershed moment more than ever. We are thankful for the opportunities to continue collaborating amongst ourselves, and with other artists, educators, and our communities, and have been excited to focus our energies on education, commissioning projects and recordings. Some of our current season’s engagements include being presented by the Boulanger Initiative, An Die Musik LIVE, and the Mannes Sounds Festival, being the virtual ensemble-in-residence for the Jr. Bach program at the Peabody Institute and for MATA Jr. 2020, and artists-in-residence at Arts-on-Main in Gloucester, VA. Other projects include commissioning two new works in collaboration with the Towson University New Music Ensemble, collaborating with CNSNC collective on their upcoming album Hearing Stars in conjunction with the Space Telescope Science Institute, and co-commissioning Darian Thomas with Sō Percussion as part of their Flexible Commissions project. 

Bergamot’s previous engagements include regular features on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series, playing George Crumb’s Black Angels everywhere from a living room in South Baltimore to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and performances on So Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound series, Peabody Library’s Music in the Stacks series, and Boulanger Initiative’s annual WoCo festival. They have completed programs at the Banff Center for the Arts, Quatuor Diotima’s Academy in France, and the Next Festival of Emerging Artists, and all studied at the Peabody Conservatory.

In expanding the limits of western classical music and the string quartet, Bergamot values partnership and collaboration as a vital element of their creative work. Previous collaborations include performances with flutist Claire Chase, and with MICA curatorial student Hannah Davis on a visual and sonic installation TRIADS: Arrangements in Sight and Sound. Bergamot’s commissioning projects have been supported by New Music USA for a new work by Ledah Finck in collaboration with percussionist Terry Sweeney, the Towson University New Music Ensemble, and more recently the Barlow Endowment in collaboration with Annika Socolofsky. Through their commitment to work with students and engaging with various communities, Bergamot has completed residencies in El Paso, Texas, with the El Paso Pro Musica, and lectures at the University of Baltimore, Towson University and the Peabody Institute. 

The Bergamot Quartet is Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello.