union–seam is the second in a series of experiments exploring physical connections and shared spaces between performers as the key determining factor for the work’s material and environment. The unstable space generated by a fluid instrumental apparatus in combination with the performers’ actions calls for a reliance upon and responsiveness to not just the other performers, but the instrumental assemblage as a whole.

union–seam adapts and extends local bond for the JACK Quartet’s 2016 residency at Harvard University.

The JACK Quartet rehearsing with tied together string instruments on tables.

Ari Streisfeld, John Pickford Richards, Kevin McFarland, and Christopher Otto of the JACK Quartet rehearsing union–seam.