SIRIUS QUARTET AND SHAPESHIFTER PLUS PRESENT: 2016 PROGRESSIVE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

NYC has long been an incubator for cross-genre pollination and experimentation in all corners of the music community, not least of all in the classical and jazz scenes.  From the minimalism of Reich and Glass in the 60s and 70s to the experimental genius of Zorn and the Knitting Factory scene of of the 80s and 90s, there has been an unparalleled openness to break down walls and assumptions of what so-called “art” music can be and how it should be presented.

As these lines continue to blur and fade into one another, there continues a steady stream of artists and ensembles continuing to carry the torch and push the boundaries.  The inaugural Progressive ChamberMusic Festival, curated by the Sirius Quartet, features 8 such ensembles, each with unique identities and a shared desire to define chamber music on their own terms.  From downtown heavyweights such as Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier and Shoko Nagai to young upstarts RighteousGIRLS, Warp Trio, and Seven)Suns, the festival, spread across two days in late October at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab will put NYC’s vibrant and eclectic music scene on full display.  These are chamber music ensembles of the 21st century, not defined by genre, nor limited by the distinction between concert and popular music, and blurring the lines between performer, composer, and improviser.  This is progressive chamber music.

Sirius Quartet and Shapeshifter Plus Present: 2016 Progressive Chamber Music Festival

October 20th and 21st, 7pm

Shapeshifter Lab

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Get tickets at brownpapertickets.com


Featuring:

-Sirius Quartet
-Mark Feldman + Sylvie Courvoisier
-RighteousGIRLS
-Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise
-Seven)Suns
-Warp Trio
-The Cruche Trio (Shoko Nagai/Gregor Huebner/Jonathan Goldberger)
-Unanimity Music Collective (Stelios Mihas/Daniel Carter/George Spanos/Vasko Dukovski/Jeff Harshbarger)

 

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2015/16 Season Closer!

Hello friends,

Summer is upon us!

The 2015-16 season has been our busiest season yet here in the land of Sirius.  It took us to Malaysia,  with concerts in Kuala Lumpur and Penang,  and to Germany,  where we performed in MunichStuttgartUlm,  and worked with wonderful students in Ochsenhausen and Lübeck.

Closer to home,  we played for the first time as a quartet in DetroitWashington DC,  Erie and Juniata,  PA,  as well as returning to some of our favorite venues in NYC such as Symphony Space and the cell.

And in April,  we released Paths Become Lines,  our latest album featuring all original music written by members of the quartet.  We have been getting a really positive response so far,  and we are looking forward to playing music from the album at our final concert of the season this Friday at Bargemusic inBrooklyn.  In addition to music from Paths Become Lines,  you can hear us try our hand at the music of Charles Ives,  as we will be playing “Arguments”  from his second string quartet.

If you are in NYC,  we would love to see you there!  Regardless,  we hope you have a lovely,  lazy summer and we will see you in the fall!

Cheers,
Sirius
www.siriusquartet.com

Show info:

Venue: Bargemusic
Address: Fulton Mall, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Date and Time: 8:00pm, June 17th, 2016 (Friday)
Tickets: $35 General Admission/$30 Senior/$15 Student and Child
Online ticket purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2546452

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“Paths Become Lines” CD Release Party! Join us on April 13th!

Finally, the day has come!
We will be celebrating next week at NYC’s the cell with an album release party on Wednesday, April 13th, and we hope those of you who are in town will come join us!
Nancy Manocherian’s the cell Presents:
Sirius Quartet: Paths Become Lines album release party
Wednesday, April 13th
the cell
338 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
Doors @ 7, Show begins @ 7:30
$20, CDs will be available for $10
For tickets, please visit HERE
Here’s a live video of a track from the album- Spidey Falls!, written by our violinist Fung Chern Hwei:

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Concert: January 18th, 2016, the cell

After a 3-week run of critically-acclaimed concerts in Malaysia and Germany, we are preparing to kickstart 2016 with a concert at the cell, as a preview of some of the pieces on our sophomore album PATHS BECOME LINES under the Autentico label. This concert also features accordion virtuoso Peter Stan and bass powerhouse Ken Filiano in Gregor’s Colors of the East, title piece of our first Autentico album.

The concert will take place on January 18th, 2016, at 8pm.

Tell your friends!

 

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Review on New York City Jazz Record!

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.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH SCULPTURES – with Yass Hakoshima

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
East Gallery
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.

For more information call: 973-783-9845 or e-mail: yasshakoshima@verizon.net

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APRIL NEWS AND UPDATES

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.

For tickets and more info: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8593/Music/cutting-edge-concerts-new-music-festival-2015

 

WANDERING MUSIC out NOW!

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.”

For tickets and more info: http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/2015/03/23/apr-30-sirius-quartet-and-friends-meets-gunnar-geisse/

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Happy Holidays!

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

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Tanya Tagaq (photo by Ivan Otis)

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