Blunt Objects

by Low End String Quartet

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The Low End String Quartet is a re-imagining of the classical string quartet. The instrumentation differs, adding a bass, dropping a violin, and swapping an electric guitar where the viola should be. All instruments are amplified. This "new and improved" string quartet lineup is much better suited to alternative venues than the classical model, and is better equipped for rumbling your ribcage.

This is not your average chamber music ensemble. The Low End String Quartet's style lies squarely at the intersection of the post-classical, avant-jazz, and post-rock worlds. Their music reflects the influence of modern luminaries such as Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and Terry Riley, as well as the ecstatic music of Anthony Braxton, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, and Rhys Chatham. The group's members have played in rock bands, jazz groups, classical and new music ensembles. This wide range of experience allows them to draw on the best practices of each: the visceral excitement of rock, the spontaneous creativity of jazz, and the rigor of the post-classical tradition.

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released September 1, 2009

Andrea Vercoe: Violin
Jonathan Matis: Guitar
Jodi Beder: Cello
Thomas Clune: Bass

Tracks 1 - 5 composed by Jonathan Matis.
Track 6 composed by Jodi Beder.

Recorded Septebmer 2008 at Inner Ear by TJ Lipple.
Assistant Engineer: Ivan Badauri.
Mastered by TJ Lipple.
Photography by Travis Miller
Layout by Alec Bourgeois

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Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund and members of the Improv Arts Commissioning Club.

Improv Arts, Inc.
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

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The Low End String Quartet was formed by composer / guitarist Jonathan Matis. The instrumentation differs from the standard string quartet model, adding a bass, dropping a violin, and swapping a guitar where the viola should be. This "new and improved" string quartet lineup is much better suited to clubs and bars than the classical model, and is better equipped for rumbling your ribcage. ... more

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