Born and bred in the downtown scene of New York City, the Sirius Quartet blends the precision of classical music with the energy of a rock band. The four conservatory-trained musicians are also highly skilled improvisers. Whether playing acoustically or with electronic effects they push beyond the conventional sonic vocabulary associated with string instruments. From Lincoln Center and the Köln Triennale to the Knitting Factory and CBGB’s the Sirius makes itself at home in a wide range of venues and musical styles.
For over a decade the SIRIUS QUARTET has championed innovative music. Expanding beyond the classical repertoire, these four strong improvisers and composers have enjoyed performing works influenced by rock, jazz, and other popular styles. Through this interest in popular music the Sirius has developed a repertoire of electronic music for strings. These pieces are more than simply a louder, amplified quartet; these pieces hope to widen the sonic palate of the string quartet through processing.
The Sirius has premiered works in Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum, American Composers Alliance Music Festival, Theaterhaus Jazz Festival in Stuttgart, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Knitting Factory, and the Kitchen. In Europe, they have joined John Zorn in performances at Köln’s Musik Triennal, and performed with Nick Didkovsky and Dr. Nerve at festivals in Moers, Germany; Nancy, France; and Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville, Canada. Recent premieres include works by Uri Caine, Nick Didkovsky, Elliot Sharp, Gregor Hübner, Mike Block, Fung Chern Hwei, Rubin Kodheli, Nancy Magarill, and John Taylor.
Apart from their debut album, Music of Gregor Huebner, and sophomore album, Cityscapes, Sirius can also be heard on CD playing music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jeffery Schanzer, as well as collaborating with Dr. Nerve and Nick Didkovsky.
The Quartet’s interest in new and non-academic musical styles and extended improvisation has brought them to a wide range of audience. They have recently performed in the 16th Beijing Music Festival with Uri Caine and Theo Bleckmann, also in the 2011 Taichung Jazz Festival and 2012 Tianjin International Jazz Festival.
Articles by Sirius Quartet:
The aesthetic of the Sirius Quartet and our Progressive Chamber Music Festival is an expression of the ongoing blending resulting from the gradual breakdown of the barriers between contemporary academic...