Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the most exciting new group on Chicago’s musical scene, FANDANGO!, a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. The two are also members of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone.”
The 300 Watts String Trio consists of three siblings: 16-year old violist Shania Watts, 14-year old cellist Jonathan Watts, and 12-year old violinist Darah Watts. In the four years they’ve been playing together as an ensemble, they’ve created a number of their own arrangements born of improvisation and their varied musical interests (jazz, Latin, and eastern music influence their creations). You’re going to love these kids!