Lauded by the New York Times as "the nation's most important quartet", JACK quartet joins forces with So Percussion's "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam" for the latest sonic experiment from polymath composer Dan Trueman. (New Yorker) This collaborative collision of contemporary music heavyweights explores Songs That Are Hard To Sing on New Amsterdam Records. Written expressly for Jack and So by Trueman, the octet was commissioned by the Barlow Foundation. Dan Trueman is a composer, fiddler, and electronic musician. He began studying violin at the age of 4, and decades later, after a chance encounter, fell in love with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, an instrument and tradition that has deeply affected all of his work, whether as a fiddler, a composer, or musical explorer. He has composed for small ensembles and for orchestra, for voice, for electronic instruments of his own design, and he regularly performs as part of his work.