San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Pianist Tao joins Jack Quartet on old, new music

- — Joshua Kosman

If there’s a musical prospect more exciting than a recital by the Jack Quartet, it’s hearing that adventurou­s ensemble in partnershi­p with pianist and composer Conrad Tao. These five musicians spent 2020 in residency at the Library of Congress, and now a joint recital, recorded in December, will be available as a free stream from San Francisco Performanc­es.

The headline offering is “For Conrad Tao,” one of a series of inventive works created by composer and percussion­ist Tyshawn Sorey.

But there are other delights in store, ranging from Ruth Crawford’s landmark String Quartet of 1931 to two pieces by Elliott Carter. From the medieval period comes “Angelorum psalat,” attributed to the mysterious 14th century composer Rodericus, in an arrangemen­t by Jack Quartet violinist Christophe­r Otto.

Jack Quartet and Conrad Tao: Available to stream starting Thursday, April 29. Free. www.sfperforma­

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