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Shuffle Hour: Jennifer Koh

July 23, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avenue

Jennifer Koh

Shuffle Hour: Jennifer Koh

*Free concert/event – there is no reserved seating available for this performance/event. Doors open at 4:30pm. Be sure to come early to get a seat!

Feature Artist: violinist Jennifer Koh

Performance: Shared Madness (composed by Koh and fellow artists, detailed below)


Shuffle Hour Concerts are part of the TD Free Concert Series.


Jennifer Koh on Shared Madness

Shared Madness is a project that tells the story of an amazing and generous community of fellow artists and friends who came to my aid at a time when I desperately needed their support and help.  Many of them witnessed the eight years during which I tried to raise funds in order to purchase a violin I could perform on for the remainder of my life.  When Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, supporters of new music, stepped in to relieve a great deal of my debt and agreed to accept music commissions as payment instead of funds, my fellow community of artists came rushing to help. These composers have given me the great gift of writing a new work for me to help support this project and they come from a community of colleagues and friends with whom I have worked over the years. Shared Madness celebrates the support of these friends, encapsulates the intensity of the creative process shared between composer and performer, and ultimately reveals the incredible support network that exists between artists.

Each composer has offered to write a solo violin work exploring the relationship between the violinist and the instrument. While Paganini wrote a landmark set of 24 caprices that explored the relationship of virtuosity on the violin at the beginning of the 19th century, this group of composers will explore the meaning of virtuosity in the 21st century.  This new body of work was premiered under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic’s 2nd Biennial in June 2016.

I cannot find words to express my gratitude for my fellow artists’ incredibly moving acts of generosity and support and only hope that I can show thanks through dedicated performances and a continued advocacy of their music. As an extension of the idea of community that created Shared Madness, I hope to pay it forward by continuing to offer free performances of the composers’ works within the communities in which we work and live; and educational workshops for student composers and instrumentalists which encourage and support the intense relationship between composers and performers so that our “shared madness” will continue to inspire the next generation of artists.

— Jennifer Koh


Composer (in alpha order) and work

Samuel Adams                   for Jenny

Timo Andres                       Winding Stair

Matthew Aucoin                  resolve

Jean-Baptiste Barrière         Palimpsest Capriccio

Derek Bermel                      Twenty Questions

Lisa Bielawa                        Vireo Caprice

Daniel Bjarnason                 First Escape

David Bruce                        Marzipan

Chris Cerrone                      Shall I Project A World?

Anthony Cheung                  Character Studies

Bryce Dessner                    Gift

Zosha Di Castri                   Patina

Philip Glass                         Sarabande in Common Time

Michael Gordon                  kwerk

Mark Grey                           Twenty

John Harbison                     Painting The Floors Blue

Vijay Iyer                             Zany, Cute, Interesting

Gabriel Kahane                   The Single Art Form Is Dead

Phil Kline                            Bedeviled

David Lang                         low resolution

David Ludwig                      Moto Perpetuo

James Matheson                 Capriccio

Missy Mazzoli                      Kinski Paganini

Eric Nathan                         Far Beyond Far

Marc Neikrug                       Flash

Andrew Norman                  Still Life

Augusta Read Thomas        Venus Enchanted

Christopher Rountree           because I left it there

Kaija Saariaho                     Sense

Sean Shepherd                   wideOPENwide

Julia Wolfe                          spinning Jenny



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