We’re gearing up for our back-to-back percussion concerts, this Friday and the following Monday. These two events will offer percussion at is most diverse: the political, theatrical, social, emotional, mechanical, and comical come together in these performances. Please join us!

EQ//OFFSTAGE — Trevor Saint, glockenspiel
Friday 3.21, 7:30 pm | The Space, 128 Brookside Ave Jamaica Plain (T: Greene Street) | free

This salon-style event is half concert, half party, and like all good parties EQ//OFFSTAGE is BYOB and BYOFriends. Doors at 7:30 // music around 8:00. rsvp here!
Come fashionably early for drinks, and overstay your welcome to schmooze!


Monday 3.24, 8:00pm | Davis Square Teatre, 255 Elm St. downstairs, Somerville | $10
rsvp here!

Program will include the eponymous Okho of Iannis Xenakis; a new work by rising Boston composer Victoria Cheah; and Richard Burkhardt’s massive, theatrical Great Hymn of Thanksgiving.Image

Boston Modern Brass returns this Friday night, presenting a concert of commissions and unlikely masterpieces. Please join us—this won’t be your typical chamber concert!

Boston Modern Brass – Round and In-Between
Friday 2.21, 8:00pm | YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge | $10Image

As 2013 winds down, all of us at Equilibrium want to extend our deep gratitude to all who supported us this year. The local arts thrive on the enthusiasm of listeners like you.

In 2013 EQ presented no fewer than nine concerts, performing to packed houses and critical acclaim. We presented world and local premieres, provided the impetus for numerous commissions, and exposed hundreds of people to rarely-heard music.

Looking forward to 2014, we couldn’t be more excited. Stay tuned as we plan to announce a full spring season of six programs at different venues, featuring familiar faces and EQ first-timers. On our concerts this spring you’ll hear virtuosic brass quintets and theatrical percussion trios, massive chamber works and intimate solos. Please join us as often as possible in 2014—we work hard to keep our concerts inexpensive and accessible, so bring a friend, or just tune in online!

Finally, as the fiscal year draws to a near close, please consider a donation to support our efforts this next year. All donations are tax-deductible when contributed through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor. You can easily make a one-time donation, or you could consider a monthly recurring donation (for the cost of one coffee a week, you could greatly facilitate the production of a large program!). Any amount helps, and it always appreciated.


From all of us at EQ, Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2014….

KOEK:PILOT is happening tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Aliana de la Guardia and Kent O’Doherty have prepared not so much a concert as a complete event. Be sure not to miss it!

For those of you who can’t join us at the theatre, we have prepared a Livestream feed for you to watch the entire concert live as it happens. Please join the event and tune in tomorrow at 7:30pm. (We know there are some out-of-towners among you).

See you then,
Team EQ

Our final concert of the year 2013:

Soprano Aliana de la Guardia and saxophonist Kent O’Doherty debut their new duo, KOEK, as special guest performers with Equilibrium in a program titled PILOT. World premieres by Daniel T. Lewis, Justin Barish, and Sergio Luque, as well as solo works by Luciano Berio. Such all-around talented performers would not take the stage without making the concert into a complete artistic experience; here they fasten the joints with electronics.

Sunday 12.8 at 7:30 | doors & drinks 7:15
Davis Square Theatre | 255 Elm St. downstairs, Somerville | $10KOEK-PILOT poster

RSVP on our Facebook event page, if that’s how you get down.

Many thanks to all who came out for Wednesday’s performance, Insecurities. The concert was a wonderful success, and all of us at EQ are grateful to our adventurous audience, always up for a challenge. Check back soon for photos, video, and recordings.

Insecurities Poster

We have two more very exciting concerts scheduled for this fall–both at Somerville’s Davis Square Theatre! (For those of you who haven’t been yet: DST is hip and funky; it offers refreshments at the theater AND is next door to a classy bar; it has a cool multi-side, semi-black box setup; it has cushy chairs, and it’s T-accessible.)

We begin November with talented and stylish members of the Equilibrium Ensemble in three works for mixed chamber ensembles: Curtis Hughes’s National Insecurity, Keeril Makan’s Becoming Unknown, and Christian Wolff’s Trio. Also featuring solo performances by violinist Lilit Hartunian and cellist Steve Marotto.

featuring the Equilibrium Ensemble
Wednesday 11.6 | 8pm
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St, Somerville
$10 general admission

And if you missed soprano Aliana de la Guardia’s incisive performance in last spring’s TargetDecember will offer another chance to hear her on an EQ program. Not only that, but it’s an entire duo recital with saxophonist Kent O’Doherty. That’s right: soprano and saxophone.

Aliana de la Guardia and Kent O’Doherty

Sunday 12.8 | 8pm
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St, Somerville
$10 general admission

We’re opening our Fall 2013 season with an EQ repeat offender—one of the hippest and most innovative duos we know: Transient Canvas. Clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock have conscripted three more stellar instrumentalists—Dane Palmer, marimba, Lilit Hartunian, violin, and Ashe Gordon, viola—for a program of chamber works. In addition to the titular piece, by Barbara White, we’ll have Les Thimmig’s quartet Bluefire Crown III, written for the Boston legend Marimolin; a commission from local microtonal maestro Jim Dalton involving the alternately-intoned Bohlen-Pierce clarinet; and works by local composer friends Daniel T. Lewis and Osnat Netzer.

Transient Canvas: When the Smoke Clears
Tuesday 9.24 | 8pm
Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St, Somerville
$10 general admission

Join us in Somerville this month for sweet sounds and sharp stylings!Transient Canvas 9_24_13

Summer 8_4_13 PosterWe are thrilled to announce a summer concert of chamber music. Join us for this free evening show as we perform some of our favorite pieces and composers.

where: Lily Pad Gallery (1353 Cambridge St. Inman Square, Cambridge)
when: 7:00pm, Sunday 8/4
cost: free! (donations always appreciated)

The Program:
+ Thomas CARR: “Trio” (clarinet, violin, piano)
+ Andy VORES: “Fabrication no. 3″ (clarinet, violin)
+ Giacinto SCELSI: “Hyxos” (alto flute, percussion)
+ Henryk GÓRECKI: “Good Night” (soprano, alto flute, piano, 3 tam-tams)

The Performers:
Ali Parramore – alto flute
Kevin Price – clarinet
Anna Ward – soprano
Natalie Calma – violin
Masako Kunimoto – percussion
Thomas Carr & Mischa Salkind-Pearl – piano

Come out and see us this August!

You still have a chance to catch one more Equilibrium concert this season: the daring Boston ensemble Modern Brass, bringing new tones to a historic space. These five works are not your average brass quintet fare–yet they all highlight the brilliance and gusto that define this unique ensemble.

Modern Brass 5_3_13 Poster wabsite

Modern Brass
Friday 5.3 | 8pm
Emmanuel Church’s Lindsey Chapel
15 Newbury St., Boston
$10 general admission




And on another note: our concerts have been coming fast and furious! Take a look at Nolan Eley’s insightful writeup of last Saturday’s program, Targeted, in the Boston Musical Intelligencer, here.