Today is the Ides of March, which means it’s Ben’s birthday. 90 years ago today, Ben was born in Macon, Georgia. We’re going to be celebrating by publishing new content leading up to the release of the new Kepler Quartet recording of Ben’s string quartets 6,7 & 8.

To start us off, here is an insightful new NewMusicBox article by Kepler violinist, Eric Segnitz, with lots of media supplements, including snippets from the upcoming album:

Stay Tuned: Celebrating Ben Johnston’s 90th Birthday with his 10 String Quartets

Ed. Note: Today, March 15, 2016, is the 90th birthday of maverick American composer Ben Johnston. To celebrate this major milestone, the Kepler Quartet-which has spent the last 14 years working closely with Johnston to learn and record his music-has finally completed their third and final installment of the world premiere recordings of his entire oeuvre for string quartet on New World Records which will be released on April 15, 2016.

*Thanks to Frank Oteri and our friends at NewMusicBox for running this tribute.