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Quatuor Ebene: Brazil

Fifteen years ago, violinists Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violist Mathieu Herzog and cellist Raphaël Merlin united at France’s Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory to form Quatuor Ébène. While their classical recordings have earned them international renown, they’ve proven just as skilled at interpreting Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter or Lennon and McCartney.

The foursome first encountered vocalist Stacey Kent and her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, four years ago in Paris. The group was preparing its first non-classical album, Fiction, and persuaded Kent to join on “Corcovado.” Their shared affection for Brazilian rhythms has now blossomed into this vibrant multilingual commingling, also featuring esteemed French singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers and Brazil’s legendary Marcos Valle.

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