FEBRUARY 15, 2014 – 8 PM
Church of St. John the Evangelist, Lambertville, NJ
J.Haydn -- String Quartet Op 9 No. 1
M. Ravel -- String Quartet in F
Fandango by Aldemaro Romero
Serenata By Aldemaro Romero
Son by Paquito de Rivera
Jennie's Blues by David Gotay
"Chega de Suadade" by Antonio C. Jovin
"Danzon Pa Ti" by Eddie Venegas
Nobody bridges the gap between generations or musical genres like Sweet Plantain, a refreshingly new string quartet. Artfully fusing the western classical traditions in which they were trained with jazz improvisations and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their original writings and live shows educate and entertain. Separately hailing from the Bronx, New Jersey and Venezuela, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is exciting, contemporary and multicultural.
The art of improvisation, once an integral part of western classical music has all but been abandoned in the training and performance of classical artists – although the art form itself continues to occupy an important role in nearly every other musical genre.
“What an amazing experience. Blending jazz, Latin and classical styles, this virtuoso quartet brings a freshness and inventiveness to every note they play. The audience was enthralled and I was simply blown away”
- Stuart Malina, Tony Award Winning Conductor