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About Sirius Quartet

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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.

Sirius Quartet are
Fung Chern Hwei and Gregor Huebner, violins
Ron Lawrence, viola
Jeremy Harman, cello

For two decades 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.

Sirius has premiered works in Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum, American Composers Alliance Music Festival, 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 collaborators include Uri Caine, Linda Oh, Billy Martin, Ivo Perelman, Matt Shipp, John Escreet and etc.

Other than their albums "Music of Gregor Huebner" and "Cityscapes", Sirius can also be heard on CD playing music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Ivo Perelman, Jeffery Schanzer, as well as collaborating with Dr. Nerve and Nick Didkovsky.

Their interest in new and non-academic musical styles has brought us to a wide range of audience. For the last several years the Quartet has partnered with American Composers Orchestra and composer Randy Woolf to bring ACO’s Music Factory and Rhythm Factory education programs to the public schools of New York City.

Sirius Quartet joined the JazzTimes community on May 01, 2013