Carpe Diem String Quartet - November 4, 2011

carpe_diemCapturing the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics, one of the most versatile quartets of their generation, Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming, electrifying performances, and a passion for audience engagement. The group's musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz inspired music, but they are equally at home with the traditional repertoire. Carpe Diem has become the premier American "indie" string quartet.

Carpe Diem writes, arranges, and performs music of all styles, and works with artists of many different genres. The quartet performed with American songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter, resulting the release of a CD of their live concert, and have collaborated with Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena. The only quartet in America chosen to receive a prestigious PNC ArtsAlive Award, Carpe Diem was featured in Strings magazine, highlighting their unique and innovative vision for chamber music. The quartet continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev for the Naxos label. The first CD of this series was selected for the 51st Grammy Awards Entry List (2009) in four categories: Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best New Artist, and Best Engineered Album-Classical. The quartet is the resident ensemble for Columbus Dance Theater, and their joint project The String Machine was aired by WOSU-PBS television, and nominated for an Emmy award.

Their innovative school and outreach programs even make use of video game songs, and TV and movie theme music such as The Simpsons. Carpe Diem is one of a few ensembles that regularly perform music written and/or arranged by members of the quartet. From Pink Floyd to Beethoven, CDSQ is pushing the boundaries of string quartet literature.

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