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Quartet San Francisco's 2006 release Latigo, which gave passionate expression to the group's devotion to tango, was honored last December with two Grammy nominations in the Classical Crossover field, including "Best Album." Their audacious new ViolinJazz Recordings CD Whirled Chamber Music ups the ante, presenting what violinist Jeremy Cohen calls "crossover music in its purest form." Due for release September 25, the new disc draws from a wide variety of indigenous American forms—jazz, funk, rock, tango—that are imaginatively crafted by Cohen for string quartet. The CD's title refers to the walls between genres coming down, with the Quartet offering, you might say, "a new whirled order." Quartet San Francisco, established in 2001, consists of Cohen and Kayo Miki on violins, Emily Onderdonk (viola), and Joel Cohen (cello)

Pacific Premieres

Label: ViolinJazz Recordings
Released: 2013
Track listing: California Pictures For String Quartet-Oakland, Carmel, Venice; String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversions In Three Parts-Mike And Randy, Towner, Maurice White; The Bay Is Deep Blue; Three Stages For String Quartet-Focus, Contemplation, Resolution; Guamba.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Quartet San Francisco: Pacific Premieres

Read "Pacific Premieres" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Gone are the days of the insular string quartet that turns its back on anything and everything outside of the classical canon. In many respects, the world can thank the venerable Kronos Quartet, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2013, for opening eyes, ears and minds to the fact that the string quartet is just like ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Pacific Premieres: New Works By California Composers," New CD From Quartet San Francisco

"Pacific Premieres: New Works By California Composers," New CD From Quartet San Francisco

Quartet San Francisco, the acclaimed cross-genre string quartet, received Grammy nominations for their 2006 Látigo, 2007 Whirled Chamber Music, and 2009 QSF Plays Brubeck. Now they are preparing to release a dazzling new CD, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers, on ViolinJazz Recordings. The disc, due out September 24, delivers a program featuring two swinging ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Quartet San Francisco's Brubeck CD a Double Grammy Nominee

Quartet San Francisco's Brubeck CD a Double Grammy Nominee

Quartet San Francisco received two Grammy nominations yesterday for their latest Violinjazz Recordings CD, QSF Plays Brubeck. The CD, which is the first all-Brubeck string quartet recording, was nominated in the Classical Crossover category and is the group's third consecutive Best Album nomination. QSF Plays Brubeck was also nominated as Best Engineered Classical CD. The disc ...

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Three To Get Ready

Featuring the music of Quartet San Francisco
Duration: 4:09

The Dave Brubeck composition performed by: Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose: Violins Keith Lawrence: Viola Michelle Djokic: Cello Recorded at Skywalker Sound, July 31, 2009 for our "QSF Plays Brubeck" CD
NEWS: RECORDING

"QSF Plays Brubeck": New CD from Quartet San Francisco Due August 31

"QSF Plays Brubeck": New CD from Quartet San Francisco Due August 31

Grammy nominees for their 2006 Latigo and 2007 Whirled Chamber Music, Quartet San Francisco pays homage to the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck on its new ViolinJazz Recordings CD, QSF Plays Brubeck. The acclaimed cross-genre string quartet will premiere the material at a special CD release appearance, at Yoshi's in San Francisco, on the August ...

Whirled Chamber Music

Label: ViolinJazz Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Powerhouse; Spain; The Mooche; Pick Up The Pieces; Tanguori; Boy Scout In Switzerland; Peter Tambourine; I Hear Music; Harlem Nocturne; Dawg's Bull; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; The Penguin; Celebration On The Planet Mars; Gee Officer Krupke; The Toy Trumpet; Under The Sea; Siberian Sleighride; What Is Hip?.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Quartet San Francisco: Whirled Chamber Music

Read "Whirled Chamber Music" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Quartet San Francisco (QSF) is very much in the vein of the Turtle Island String Quartet, though this classical crossover band sticks closer to their arrangements than the TISQ. Led by composer/arranger Jeremy Cohen on violin, the group also includes violinist Kayo Miki, violist Emily Onderdonk and cellist Joel Cohen. Their second CD draws from a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Quartet San Francisco: Whirled Chamber Music

Read "Whirled Chamber Music" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Whirled Chamber Music is another delightful CD from the group that was double-Grammy nominated for Latigo, its 2006 debut. This time, the pitch-perfect Quartet San Francisco applies itself to a wider range of material, compiling what could easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly-executed release of 2007. “The walls between genres have ...


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