Friends of Chamber Music present International Tango competition winners Quartet San Francisco. The Quartet have redefined the sound of chamber music. “When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove.” Founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen, the quartet has performed for audiences world-wide in concert halls, jazz festivals, museums, and in classrooms, and with tango dancers in different venues.
The Quartet’s 2013 release, Pacific Premieres: New Works for California Composers, was heralded by Audiophile Audition as “a wonderful swinging approach to the string quartet in five works.” Two composers on this recording, Gordon Goodwin and Vince Mendoza, were nominated for Grammys. The Quartet’s recording QSF Plays Brubeck received two Grammy nominations and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday (2009).
Performing with the Quartet will be Alex de Grassi who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, immersing himself in American and British folk and blues traditions, eventually studying jazz and classical guitar. The Wall Street Journal calls his playing “flawless” and Billboard hails his “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention.” Turning,
The performance is Sunday March 26 at 7:30 pm at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland. For details and tickets visit the FOCM website.