A shared dedication to the continued understanding, exploration, and love of music is what inspired the formation of Beo String Quartet (Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom, Ryan Ash). Equally comfortable performing masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire, spending time in the studio, and working with living composers, the four individuals have introduced many audiences to music of both past and present and of varied genres.
The members of Beo String Quartet hold degrees from some of the country’s top conservatories including the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. They have collectively studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Borodin String Quartets.
Beo believes that its most important role is to champion music of our time and to create a mutually inspirational relationship between living composers, modern audiences, and performers alike. Recent projects include the premiere of Gilda Lyons’ eco-opera, A New Kind of Fallout, with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, in addition to the premieres of over thirty other new works by composers from all over the world. Upcoming projects include Beo String Quartet’s debut recording on the innovative pop-art album, Dead Reckoning, and a string quartet composition competition in conjunction with the Charlotte New Music Festival for 2016.
Orlando Cela & Wei Zhao
Duo Zonda was created to explore the sonic possibilities of the flute in its many forms, merging the different western classical flutes, and folk flutes from all over the world, to explore, rediscover, and create new sonic landscapes.
A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion, HYPERCUBE embraces the boundaries of chamber music, at home in both electric and acoustic worlds. This group of tenacious NYC musicians formed with the goal of performing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire that is often underperformed.
HYPERCUBE launched compelling debut concerts at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space and Brooklyn College in 2012, and has since has been featured at Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), The Versipel New Music Festival (New Orleans), The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), the UK International Guitar Series (University of Kentucky), and the Connoisseur/New Voices Festival (Wichita State University). HYPERCUBE has presented performances, masterclasses and residencies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), Bowling Green State University (Music at the Forefront), University of Tennessee, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, Kent State University (Vanguard Artist Series), Oberlin Conservatory, Southern Illinois Guitar Festival, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State (Texas), Illinois State, Arkansas State, and locally at Bloomingdale School of Music, Queens College, Greenwich House, and SUNY Purchase.
Built upon two celebrated works of modern instrumentation: Louis Andriessen’s landmark work Hout and Philippe Hurel’s spectral masterpiece, Localized Corrosion, HYPERCUBE has commissioned and premiered new works by Daniel Tacke, Dennis Sullivan, Philip Schuessler, Kari Besharse, and Nomi Epstein, working with composers Sam Pluta, Chris Cerrone and Juan Trigos to create freshly adaptated works for the quartet, while forming modular subsets for works by Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Erin Rogers, Charles Wuorinen, and George Crumb.
The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2003 when the fates conspired to bring four internationally recognized saxophonists (Susan Fancher, Robert Faub, Steven Stusek and Mark Engebretson) together in Greensboro, North Carolina. The RCSQ takes its name from the area’s luscious red soil. The Quartet presents a varied repertoire from classical to jazz to new music to tango, featuring music by composers such as Ben Johnston, György Ligeti, Chick Corea, Perry Goldstein, Francis Poulenc, Alejandro Rutty, Ben Boone, Steve Reich, Mark Engebretson, Martin Bresnick, Burton Beerman and Gavin Bryars. Red Clay offers a variety of concert programs, including Sax Appeal, French Connections, Composers of the Carolinas, Never Too Tango and Tikvah.