Exciting news! Our latest album, “Colors of the East” and its CD release show just received a nice review from the New York City Jazz Record (June issue)! You can download a PDF copy of the upcoming publication by clicking HERE or grab a hard copy in any NYC jazz venues starting the beginning of June.
Grounds for Sculpture presents The Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre featuring Yass Hakoshima with Sirius Quartet (with violinist Leonor Falcon in place of Gregor Huebner), in the performance of “Conversations with Sculptures” an afternoon of exciting physical drama and live music and fun for all ages.
Experience the singular journey with mime/movement artist Yass Hakoshima as he mesmerizes the audience with his “Good Luck Drawing” and other works, accompanied by exciting music performed by the extraordinary NY-based Sirius Quartet. With colorful costumes, unusual music, ancient Japanese mime elements and Western Dance Techniques, Hakoshima transforms his body into a dramatic instrument that expresses the synthesis of both Japanese theatre and Western dance.
Following the performance enjoy an informal Meet and Greet with the performers.
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00 PM
Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way Hamilton, NJ 08619
Performance: Free with Park admission
Adults $15.00, Senior (65+) $12.00
Students 6-17 or with College ID $10.00
Members and children 5 and under are free.
For information call: 609-586-0616
On the web: http://www.groundsforsculpture.org
The Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
We are back in action! After a couple of months laying low for various reasons (including Chern Hwei returning home to Malaysia to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family, and Jeremy becoming a father!!!), things are up and running again at the Sirius camp. Lot of updates, so here we go:
SIRIUS QUARTET + FRANK ALMOND @ SYMPHONY SPACE, APRIL 13TH:
We may not be history buffs…but then again, we MIGHT BE. Take a break from those taxes and come hang out with us on April 13th at Symphony Space for a celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (who else?!).
We will be joining forces with Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond for the East Coast premiere of composer Victoria Bond’s concerto “Soul of a Nation,” featuring narration by Gerard Doyle of Jefferson’s own reflections and musings. Also on the concert will be the music of Kyle Gann and a few Sirius originals.
We are thrilled to be part of the latest album from our good friend, drummer and consumate artist Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood). Wandering Music is a collection of Billy’s chamber music and percussion pieces and features an incredible line-up of guest artists including Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Annie Gosfield, Anthony Coleman, Marcus Rojas, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Fang Percussion. Order your copy here! http://amuletrecords.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?pc=AMCD36
COLORS OF THE EAST out APRIL 24TH, ALBUM RELEASE PARTY APRIL 30TH @ SHAPESHIFTER LAB
We are also psyched to announce that our latest album Colors of the East will be released in the US through Autentico Music/Naxos on April 24th!!! We will be celebrating with an Album Release Party at Shapeshifter Lab on Thursday, April 30th, and copies of the album will be available for sale.
About Colors of the East:
“With their latest album Colors of the East, Sirius Quartet puts forward the explosive, boundary-blurring compositions of violinist Gregor Huebner on full display. The title track is a piece inspired by Huebner’s own Romani heritage, rife with Balkan melodies and oddmetered grooves galore. Colors of the East sees the quartet’s ranks bolstered by the addition of accordion virtuoso Peter Stan and upright bass powerhouse Pascal Niggenkemper. Rounding out the album is Huebner’s String Quintet, a labyrinthine trip through the dissonant sound worlds of the classical avantgarde and modern jazz, and his New York Suite for string quartet, a homage to the city that Huebner has called home for the last 20 years; each movement a sonic snapshot of a different NYC neighborhood or locale. These pieces feature Gregor’s brother Veit Huebner on bass, and Sirius alumnus Mike Block on cello, respectively.”
Hello, everybody! Bet you’re all bathing in the festive joy right now!
We are delighted inform you that we’re going to kick off the 2015 with a rare appearance in Joe’s Pub on January 12, 2015! We’re performing a selection of old and new pieces from our repertoire, we can’t wait to share with all of you!
We are sharing the bill with Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, the winner of the 2014 Polaris Award. She is no joke, you gotta hear it to believe it!
We hope to see you all there, happy Holidays!
p/s: To reserve tickets, please go to www.joespub.com
If you checked our calendar and decided that you want to come see us at 5pm, October 19th, 2014, chances are you won’t see anything. For this, we have to apologize because we made a mistake. The show is supposed to be at 3pm! Please take note. We appreciate your understanding.
The tour has been going as well as it can be so far, there are more shows to come after Taiwan. We will be flying directly to Germany, hitting the Jazzherbst Konstanz, playing to performances in Switzerland, then back to Germany again for a few more shows. Please click HERE to check out our calendar for more info! (no more mistakes, we promise!)
We are super excited to present the world premiere of John Escreet’s piano quintet compositions at the Rubin Museum at 7pm TONIGHT (Sept 26)! For the past two months or so, John and us have been workshopping his new compositions for piano and string quintet (or “piano quintet” in Classical terminology), shaping the pieces brick by brick, bit by bit. This is a precious experience for all of us and we will also bring it to the 2014 Taichung Jazz Festival on October 18th.
We’re also happy to realize (albeit a wee bit late) that this show got listed on the NY Times. Below is the link:
A lot has been happening behind the scenes in the Sirius camp as of late, so we thought the time for an update was long overdue…
First off, we are extremely excited to officially announce that Sirius Quartet has signed with Bernstein Artists!! We are thrilled to be joining a roster that has included world-class musicians such as Cyro Baptista, David Krakauer, and Pablo Ziegler, among others, and hope that this partnership will enable us to start performing regularly throughout North America. We will keep you posted as things develop, but in the meantime, feel free to check out Bernstein Artists’ website at bernsarts.com.
Sirius Quartet with manager Sue Bernstein (front) and Bernstein Artists associate Roarke Menzies (back left). (Photo by JunYi Chow)
We had an awesome night performing this past Tuesday as part of the 5th annual Chelsea Music Fest, where we premiered a new piece of Gregor’s, written for string quartet and the Collegium Iuvenum boys choir from Stuttgart, in addition to performing Jeremy’s Paths Become Lines. The next morning we awoke and were pleasantly surprised to find a really nice review of the show written by Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times!! You can read an excerpt from the review below.
“This year’s festival features a German-Brazilian theme inspired by the birth and death anniversaries of Richard Strauss, Heitor Villa-Lobos and C. P. E. Bach, with concerts intertwined with visual and culinary themes. Bach was represented on the first half of the “Voices, Winds and Paths” program, when Michael Culo conducted the Collegium Iuvenum Stuttgart Boys Choir in a lineup that traced the development of sacred German choral music from Bach and two other baroque composers, Heinrich Schütz and Andreas Hammerschmidt, through Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The choir (ranging in age from children to young men) sang with polish and expressive phrasing, although texts and translations would have been welcome.
The choir joined the Sirius Quartet for the premiere of the German composer and violinist Gregor Huebner’s “Six Songs of Innocence,” a lyrical setting of poems by William Blake. The most memorable moments were for string quartet, with the ensemble showing its versatility and flair with lively improvisations. During one section the Sirius violinists (Mr. Huebner and Fung Chern Hwei) engaged in a spirited duo, Mr. Fung beating time with his bow on his violin to accompany Mr. Huebner’s fiddling.
The Sirius’s performance of “Paths Become Lines,” a recent work by Jeremy Harman, the group’s cellist, proved another highlight. Driving rhythms and aggressive arpeggios were woven around an elusive cello melody in this engaging score, further enhanced by the improvisatory flair of the two violinists during their lively midpiece jam session.”
To read the full article published by New York Times, please click here.
We will be hitting the road in October with dates in Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan…stay tuned for more details.
“Music, art and good food are an integral part to this inventive new festival” – The New Yorker
“… impressive addition to New York’s cultural ecosystem” – Time Out New York
We are excited to be kicking off the summer with a performance at the 5th annual Chelsea Music Festival! The concert will feature the world premiere of a brand new piece of Gregor’s, written for Sirius Quartet and the Collegium Iuvenum boys choir, who will be coming over from Stuttgart (!!) to join us. The piece is entitled Six Songs of Innocence, inspired by and featuring the text of iconic British poet and artist William Blake.
One of his biographers wrote that Blake “neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work’y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself ‘a divine child,’ whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth.”
We will also be playing what has become sort of a Sirius Quartet standard, Jeremy’s Paths Become Lines, which we premiered back in 2012 at Merkin Hall as part of the the Tribeca New Music Fest (You can watch that performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ElLOnztqw)
We hope to see you there!
JUNE 10, TUESDAY 7:30pm | Voices, Winds and Paths
St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd St. | $35 | Reception by Murray’s Cheese to follow