Always pushing the envelope, Chamber on the Mountain will offer a concert happening they call Project CSQ, featuring the California String Quartet (Luanne Homzy and Kerenza Peacock, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Evgeny Tonkha, cello) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Logan House, at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai.
On the CSQ program are the “String Quartet in F-Major” (1903) by Maurice Ravel; “Un Souvenir d’hiver” by Luanne Homzy; “Rain@5” (2020) by Anna Drubich; “String Quartet No. 2 in D-Major” (1881) by Alexander Borodin; and “String Quartet No. 2 in D-Major” (1881); and “Variations on ‘Fiddler on the Roof'” by Homzy.
I get a whiff of cabaret off the California String Quartet (permanent members Homzy and Tonkha), also a whiff of rock band (organized around a fiddler-composer, instead of a singer-songwriter), and a distinct whiff of klezmer, not to say Gypsy.
Be that as it may, they have plenty of classical chops, as they will demonstrate with the Ravel and Borodin, two very different shades of sentimental longing.
Homzy’s own music seems to imagine a very different venue than the genteel comfort of Logan House, but music has the magical power to transform where you are into where you would rather be. Her tunes are, anyway, sassy and engaging — not at all the grim fist-shaking of the jut-jawed modernists.
Moscow-born Drubich has written several stunning film scores — “Navalny” “Barbarian” &c — and she is an accomplished miniaturist — “Sad Waltz,” &c— and her music tends toward the haunting and ethereal and quite beautiful, even when it accompanies a horror film.
There will be a Meet the Artists reception on the Logan House patio following the performance.
Tickets to this concert are $35. They can be purchased by calling 805-646-3381, or visiting http://www.chamberonthemountain.com/tickets.