Unconventional String Quartets

Over the years, New Sounds Live has played host to some truly remarkable performances that never saw the light of day as commercial recordings. On this edition of New Sounds, we raid those archives for some live recordings from the recent past. Listen to Richard Einhorn’s work for double electric string quartet, “The Silence” as performed by the Sirius String Quartet (formerly the Soldier String Quartet.) Also, the Modern Mandolin Quartet performs InterPlays with violinist/composer David Balakrishnan (from the Turtle Island String Quartet.) Plus, performances by the Kronos Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Uptown String Quartet.

PROGRAM #2511, Unusual String Quartets, from NS Live (First aired on Wed., 2/15/06)





Kronos Quartet

NS Live, Merkin Hall, 2/9/92

Michael Daugherty: Beat Boxer [10:00]

Not commercially available, but Daugherty’s “Elvis Everywhere” is on the Kronos CD, “Released 1985-1995,” Nonesuch # #79394.**

Sirius String Quartet

NS Live, Merkin Hall, 12/8/94

Richard Einhorn: The Silence [21:00]

Not available. Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” is on Sony Classical #62006 **

Uptown String Quartet

NS Live, Merkin Hall, 2/3/94

Just Wait A Minute [5:00]
James Brown: I Feel Good [2:00]

Appears on the CD "Wait A Minute", Bluemoon #79174. Available at Amazon.com*

Turtle Island String Quartet

NS Live, Town Hall, 3 /94

Blues for Oaktown [5:30]
Crossroads, excerpt [2:00]

TISQ has numerous CDS available in stores or online at www.tisq.com*