World, Classical, and Jazz Programs!
Winners of an inaugural South Arts Jazz Road Tour grant, Quarteto Nuevo recently reopened venues in three states! Their brand of World Chamber Jazz merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Their diverse programs can be tailored to fit anywhere, from an intimate chamber music venue to a large outdoor festival. The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms. They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages! Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation – soprano saxophone/alto flute (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom) and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga) – richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from Egberto Gismonti's "Cego Aderaldo" and Chick Corea’s “Children's Song No. 6" to original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus”, “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que”.
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 this season include 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.
"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
"Your concert and outreach program were fabulous!"
-Carolyn Deuel, Executive Director
Artcore, Casper, Wyoming
"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
"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