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Real Vocal String Quartet
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
San Geronimo, CA
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Real Vocal String Quartet
A string quartet, a string band, a woman's vocal quartet, a jaw-dropping improvising world-music collective.pick a box and Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside it, with style. RVSQ's simultaneous singing and stringing may just be the perfect combination for straddling musical worlds. RVSQ plays original songs and unique arrangements that pay tribute to music from Appalachia to Kenya to Brazil, incorporating sparkling improvisation that impresses and moves.

"They've all got the classical bona fides, but they're also astoundingly fluent in jazz, klezmer, bluegrass, hip-hop, Brazilian, Balkan, Cajun, Middle Eastern, West African, and probably a dozen more musical languages....RVSQ's music is by turns beautiful, haunting, mesmerizing and foot-stomping fun."
- KQED Arts

"...As can be witnessed on their debut eponymous recording (February 9, 2010, independent release) and in concert, they bang on their violins, stomp their feet, and allow African trance music to influence their take on old timey standards. ..."There is a perception that 'new music' for classically trained musicians needs to be difficult or inaccessible," says Dina Macabee, a violinist/fiddler/violist in the group. "We are all totally into challenging ideas but we also like pop music. And we feel like just because you have a highly trained skill set doesn't mean you need to play obscure music.""

"Cliches interrupted."
Heroes of Indie Music

RVSQ was formed in 2003 by premier San Francisco violinist/composer Irene Sazer one of the founding members of
Grammy-winning Chamber Music Sensation The Turtle Island String Quartet. Since then, the quartet has performed to sold out audiences around the Bay Area. The group is thrilled to announce the release this February of their first studio album. RVSQ's influences range from traditional American string band music to contemporary improvisation, from Brazilian folk rhythms to hypnotic meditations from West Africa. Through it all, the threads of spine-tingling vocal and instrumental harmony and fearless, inspired improvisation weave a web of original acoustic music played with a deep groove.

Irene Sazer is a violinist, composer, arranger and singer. She has served as concertmaster with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as well as the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, and has performed with The Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded and/or performed with, to name just a few, Jai Uttal, Ali Akbar Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Kitaro, Smoky Robinson, David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt, Bjork, Maria Marquez and Billy Joel.

Violinist Alisa Rose is a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet, Homespun Rowdy, Forty-Nine Special, Quartet San Francisco, and A.J. Roach and the Strange Pilgrims. Alisa performed recently at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry Music Festival, the Olympic Music Festival, Blue Highways Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, Reinberger Chamber Hall, and in Carnegie Hall, and on PBS "Song of the Mountains." She has also recorded and/or performed with Mars Arizona, Matt Bauer, Rachel Ries, Nels Andrews, Anais Mitchell, ALO, Train, and Bauhaus.

Bay Area native Dina Maccabee performs with many Bay Area ensembles on violin and viola. She performs with The German Projekt (songs of Kurt Weill), Howard Wiley's Angola Project (contemporary spiritual-inspired jazz), the Japonize Elephants (circus-klezmer-bluegrass), Evie Ladin's Evil Diane (original old-timey folk), and the Middle-Eastern psychedelic ensemble Khi Darag. Performance highlights include appearances with Donovan, Sufjan Stevens, and Tin Hat Trio.

Jessica Ivry (cello) plays with the Real Vocal String Quartet, an original music string and vocal ensemble and with avant-cabaret composer and singer Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet. Jessica has also performed and toured Balkan women's choir, Kitka and recorded on Grammy nominated album, "Blueprint of a Lady". Recently Jessica performed with ARK, a conglomerate of Bay Area and New York Klezmer musicians at the 18th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland as seen on KQED "Spark".

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San Geronimo Valley Community Center (View)
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Geronimo, CA 94963
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental
Music > Folk
Music > Global

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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