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.
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.