6pm – Sirius Quartet & Uri Caine
Fung Chern Hwei - Violin
Gregor Hübner - Violin
Ron Lawrence - Viola
Jeremy Harman - Cello
"It takes only seconds at the beginning of the concert to feel that there are four instruments which open doors to rooms full of sound which are closed even for the modern classical string quartet literature." -Schwäbische Zeitung
"...the string players prove themselves as impressive improvisers, conversant with a wide range of extended techniques, their singing lines intertwining and soaring." -New York City Jazz Record
"Rarely do you find ensembles who master the combination of new music, avant-garde, and jazz in such a brilliant way."-Reutlinger Zeitung
Born and bred in the downtown scene of New York City, the Sirius Quartet
blends the precision of classical music with the raw energy of a rock band. The four conservatory-trained musicians are also highly skilled improvisers, and whether playing acoustic or electric, 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, Sirius have taken their genre-bending music to halls and clubs across the globe.
For over a decade the Sirius Quartet has championed innovative music. Pushing beyond the classical repertoire, these four improvisers and composers explore the grey area between contemporary classical, jazz, avant-garde, rock, metal, and world music, melting it all together and challenging conventional ideas of what a string quartet is capable of.
Sirius have played shows at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the LA County Museum, the American Composers Alliance Music Festival, the Gershwin Hotel, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, the Stone, the Issue Project Room, and the Kitchen, among others. In Europe, they joined John Zorn in performances at Köln’s Musik Triennale, and performed with Nick Didkovsky and Dr. Nerve at festivals in Moers, Germany; Nancy, France; and Victoriaville, Canada. The past year has seen the quartet playing jazz festivals in Germany, Taiwan, China, and Malaysia.
As freelance/session musicians in the NYC area, members of the quartet have also performed alongside Lady Gaga, Sting, Metallica, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Bennett, and Debby Harry. URI CAINEUri Caine
was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley,Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 22 cds as a leader. His most recent cd is a jazz trio, Siren, (Winter and Winter 2011) with John Hebert on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums. He has made cd's featuring his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann. Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003. He has performed his version of the Diabelli Variations with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Orchestra in Canada and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. From 2006-2009 he was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome. During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts , the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation. In December, 2010 he was awarded a grant by the USA Artist Fellowships. He has performed at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival. Monterey Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera, Holland Festival, Israel Festival, IRCAM, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jan.