World, Classical, and Jazz Programs
State Compositions a BONUS!
“Quarteto Nuevo’s recent performance at Alberta Bair Theater grabbed the audience from the first note and gained momentum with each piece performed… and then we got to Jazz Road Suite. Wow. Vivid imagery was painted by each instrument. Our wide-open spaces of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana could be felt between the notes. The majesty of our mountain ranges and whispering of our grasslands heard throughout. Bravo, Quarteto Nuevo, for composing such spot-on individual homages for each state! What a great way to maximize the intent of the South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants!”
-Jody Grant, Programming & Marketing Director
Alberta Bair Theater, Billings, Montana
Hear the NCPC Juried Showcase:
Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Winners of two South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants, the ensemble has composed new movements for its Jazz Road Suite celebrating each state they visit! Colorado, Wyoming and Utah were featured in 2020. In Fall 2021 the group added Montana to the suite while touring in four Big Sky communities! Their diverse programs can be tailored to fit anywhere, from an intimate chamber music venue to a large outdoor festival. Known for engaging outreach programs that include pop-up concerts in community venues, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation – soprano saxophone/woodwinds (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom), and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga) – richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire.
Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto Nuevo travels a musical journey that begins with Erik Satie and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and takes us to Chick Corea and their own stunning original compositions. To the uninitiated, Quarteto Nuevo’s music is both strangely familiar, yet entirely new. Touring engagements in past seasons included several venues in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, Hidden Valley Community Concerts, and a return trip to Vancouver, BC to perform at the ACT Arts Centre and for the Bowen Island Arts Council.
"Working with Quarteto Nuevo was a reminder of how polished, tight and professional a band can be. They were both easygoing and driven, depending on what each situation called for at the moment. We shared lots of laughs and lots of time perfecting as many elements of their production as possible. Their outreach skills were on-point, and they easily captured and held the attention of 40+ students while working them through the rehearsal of pieces they performed with Quarteto Nuevo during our ticketed performance later in the week. The show was outstanding and we've had numerous patrons asking when they can see QN again in the future. To anyone looking to work with Quarteto Nuevo - don't hesitate - they won't disappoint!"
-Kris Nickeson, Auditorium Coordinator
"Quarteto Nuevo gave us a superb performance! Their artistry was matched by their warm banter with the audience. I've heard nothing but positive comments. I couldn't count the number of comments of "wow!" by patrons at the end of the night. Couldn't have been better!"
-Larry McCloskey, Executive Director
Bitterroot Performing Arts Council
"We certainly loved hosting you all, and have had nothing but positive feedback regarding both the Monarch and pop up performances. On top of being phenomenal musicians, you guys were so easy to work with. I can't express how much we appreciate your flexibility with us - working through unknowns and trying something new."
-Melissa Klein, Executive Director
"On September 24th Mission Valley Live had the honor of presenting the superb artistry of Quarteto Nuevo at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. What a profound musical experience! Quarteto Nuevo's unique fusion of jazz, chamber and world music works brilliantly! Our audience truly appreciated the virtuosity demonstrated by each musician! The concert concluded with an enthusiastic standing ovation! Kudos to Quarteto Nuevo"!
-Trish Rodrique, Administrator
Mission Valley Live, Polson, MT
"Your concert and outreach program were fabulous!"
-Carolyn Deuel, Executive Director
Artcore, Casper, Wyoming
"Quarteto Nuevo's incredible musicianship shines on record, but must truly be seen to be appreciated to the fullest. Deftly weaving between jazzy improvisation and syncopations that surprise and delight, these four musicians are truly a symphony unto themselves."
-John Arvish, Program Host
Montana Public Radio
"A spectacular finale for our Music in the Garden series at Descanso Gardens. The virtuosity, dignity and elegance of your music is a thing of beauty. Audiences were brimming with joy to hear soundscapes from many different worlds, cultures, genres and eras. And how intuitively you weave these sounds seamlessly while we are still able to hear the shifts and nuances. "
-Anu K. Ganpati
Producer | Curator
"WOW, I can’t say enough good things about Quarteto Nuevo. They blew everyone’s socks off – and received a standing ovation. They were also some of the nicest people I had the chance to work with."
-Erin Dorn, Adult Education and Art Access Coordinator
Crocker Arts Museum, Sacramento
"They were simply marvelous! I really loved them and so did the audience! "
-Tracey Mason, General Manager
ASU Kerr Performing Arts Center
“You were a smash hit! Our audience was astonished at your individual virtuosity and amazing blend of such diverse instruments.”
-Marilyn Sanguinet, Artistic Director
“Your concert for Hemet Community Concert Association was just wonderful, and we were very pleased with how well it went...everyone left happy! We had lots of positive remarks, and the brisk CD sales are a good indication that they liked your music. As you could tell, we had a “full house”, and we all enjoyed your unique music, as well as your interesting commentary. Best to you all and thank you again for your beautiful, interesting and entertaining concert!”
-Diane Mitchell, Artistic Director
Hemet Community Concert Association
"I just had to send you this note following the Quartet’s concert tonight. They were an absolute rave from our ‘old, sophisticated and sometimes difficult to read audience', and from my perspective, the Quarteto should be playing everywhere! What a combination of talent in those four, so-called LA Freelancers….my god! The unique instrumentation, the collection of works that they prepared for this concert, their strong performances and their warm, welcoming affect on stage were absolutely award-winning!"
- Drew Cady, Del Mar First Thursday Series and Philharmonic Society of Orange County
"What a concert! Each of you gave a superb performance! I was amazed and elated."
-Brian Thompson, Program Chairperson
Bishop Community Concerts
"Quarteto was great! Workshop and performance both. Our audience loved them - gave them a standing ovation, which is the first time that has ever occurred here!."
-Gayle Berry, Executive Director
Historic Willcox Theater
"They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that packs a wallop!"
-All About Jazz