Run Time Error

​Run Time Error

Program Notes

Opening Night: Run Time Error

Precision in the notation pays off. What is produced is a whole menagerie of small sounds, often animated...

Run Time Error

JACK Quartet

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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What if music wasn’t just heard, but seen? Simon Steen-Andersen’s innovative compositions blur the line between contemporary music and performance art. In his video work Run Time Error, he blazes a musical trail through the theater’s backstage spaces, making the building itself sing by playing the furniture, walls, plumbing—whatever crosses his path. (He’ll create a new version during his residency at Miller, and remix it live in performance.)

The JACK Quartet are his able partners for this Opening Night show, conceived as a nonstop theatrical experience. The performance employs whammy pedals, outlandishly modified bows, and video projections, subverting the concert experience and creating a musical performance that is as much about sight as it is about sound.


  • Simon Steen-Andersen Run Time Error versions 1 and 2 (2015) world premiere of new version, Miller Theatre commission
  • Simon Steen-Andersen String Quartet No. 2 (2012) New York premiere
  • Simon Steen-Andersen Obstruction Studies Nos. 1-3 (2012) New York premiere
  • Simon Steen-Andersen Studies for String Instrument Nos. 1-3 (2007-11)
  • Simon Steen-Andersen Half a Bit of Nothing Integrated (2007/2010) New York premiere