It’s here! Come get a copy of our new CD, “Ring of Fire” (released on Other Minds
Records) and hear the music live at our concerts on May 2 (SF with reception following the concert) and May 4 (Pt. Reyes Station). Included is “Spiral X: In Memoriam” by Chinary Ung, which we premiered at the Library of Congress last year. Pieces by other contemporary Pacific Rim composers such as Hyo-shin Na, Kui Dong, and Jack Body are also on the program. Composer Chinary Ung will attend the SF concert on May 2 for the West Coast premiere of his piece. These concert are funded in part by grants from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant Program, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Del Sol String Quartet will be presenting their new expanded version this summer starting June 30th continuing through July 3rd. It will take place in a beautiful Pacific Heights home in San Francisco. This is one of San Francisco's premier training workshops for young chamber musicians and it is a great opportunity for young string players to immerse themselves in the art of rehearsal and performance of the string quartet repertoire. Jeremy Cohen joins QuartetFest as their special guest artist offering his expertise in improvisation and various jazz and tango styles. Contact Kate Stenberg for more info.
There was such a diverse crowd, eager to appreciate the spontaneity and intense creativity of the festival. Rick Shinozaki, Del Sol violinist – “Del Sol had a blast at the inaugural season of the Switchboard Music Festival. Our two collaborations could hardly have been more contrasting: A really neat uncategorizable quasi-improv with Amy X Neuberg, segueing into the spiritually expansive music of Osvaldo Golijov with the masterly Jeffrey Anderle. There's a special excitement to be in on the inauguration of a new annual festival, and to see the fruition of our friends' dreams. May the Switchboard Festival continue to flourish and grow.” Read the CatSynth blog posting.
6. Memories of Stringwreck
Our collaboration with Janice Garrett and Dancers and choreographer Charles Moulton culminated in four performances earlier this month. It was a great success, receiving ovations each night and a flood of positive feedback all around.
"A delight from start finish...a continually thoughtful, surprising and even touching journey.”- San Francisco Chronicle
Kate Stenberg, Del Sol violinist- “What a joy to play the "Adagio" from Bach's Solo violin sonata as the rest of the quartet and dancers gracefully moved through the space. Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton did a wonderful job of working with gamut of temperaments as well as all the problems of dancing while playing something as difficult as a stringed instrument. In the end, we had a lot of fun!.”
Hannah Addario-Berry Del Sol cellist- “From the first rehearsal to the last performance this project was thrilling and challenging. Janice, Charles, and each of the dancers brought something really new and special to our quartet, and I very much hope that we will continue our work together.”
Dance Review Times review: “…a deliciously entertaining, slightly wacky evening of music and dance that could charm a turnip.”
SF Chronicle review: "A delight from start finish...a continually thoughtful, surprising and even touching journey."