Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Winners of two South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants, the ensemble has composed new movements for its Jazz Road Suite celebrating each state they visit!
Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Their diverse programs can be tailored to fit anywhere, from an intimate chamber music venue to a large outdoor festival. The ensemble’s razorsharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms. They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages!
Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation – soprano saxophone/alto flute (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom) and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga) – richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” and Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song No. 6″ to Traditional Macedonian “Gadjarsko” and original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus”, “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que”. Quarteto Nuevo Presenter
Quotes: “WOW, I can’t say enough good things about Quarteto Nuevo. They blew everyone’s socks off – and received a standing ovation. They were also some of the nicest people I had the chance to work with.” – Erin Dorn, M.A., Adult Education and Art Access Coordinator – Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
“They were simply marvelous! I really loved them and so did the audience!” – Tracey Mason, General Manager – ASU Kerr Performing Arts Center
“Quarteto Nuevo’s recent performance at Alberta Bair Theater grabbed the audience from the first note and gained momentum with each piece performed… and then we got to Jazz Road Suite. Wow. Vivid imagery was painted by each instrument. Our wide-open spaces of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana could be felt between the notes. The majesty of our mountain ranges and whispering of our grasslands heard throughout. Bravo, Quarteto Nuevo, for composing such spot-on individual homages for each state! What a great way to maximize the intent of the South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants!” – Jody Grant, Programming & Marketing Director – Alberta Bair Theater, Billings, Montana
“On September 24th Mission Valley Live had the honor of presenting the superb artistry of Quarteto Nuevo at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. What a profound musical experience! Quarteto Nuevo’s unique fusion of jazz, chamber and world music works brilliantly! Our audience truly appreciated the virtuosity demonstrated by each musician! The concert concluded with an enthusiastic standing ovation! Kudos to Quarteto Nuevo!” -Trish Rodrique, Administrator – Mission Valley Live
Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop!