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Super String Theory
Spooky Actions was founded in 1997 by New York performer and composer John Gunther. The ensemble has performed the works of Bach, Bartok, Berg, Debussy, Ibert, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Webern
The groups improvisations are based on the melodic, harmonic, and formal structure of the piece. The contemporary instrumentation of woodwind, guitar, bass and drums creates a striking sonic and rhythmic canvas in which the composition unfolds.
The ensemble’s name is derived from a remark made by Albert Einstein, describing an uncomfortable implication of quantum theory. A scenario in which two particles could be separated by a great distance, yet still influence each other with no apparent connection was described by Einstein as "…spooky actions at a distance", a phenomena which has since been observed in contemporary physics. The spooky actions of the quantum world seems not unlike the connection in music among performers, between an ensemble and audience, or a composer’s reach forward through time to the present.