This remarkable group from Austin has roots in the great Quartet tradition, but explodes the boundaries of the repertoire by including the banjo, mandolin and vocals in their performances alongside their violins, viola and cello. Invoke’s repertoire weaves together traditions sounds from across America including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and minimalism. Their 2015 debut Souls in the Mud includes works written by and for the group. The band’s upcoming release Furious Creek promises to be haunting and compelling.
In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition, and was chosen as Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition.
“The group dresses like an Americana rock band, plays original music in addition to other contemporary works and occasionally breaks out a banjo or mandolin that it seamlessly integrates into its classical framework.”
The highlight: It’s reworking, with banjo, of a motet (sacred choral music) by 16th century composer, Palestrina. If the goal was to make classical music relevant, it couldn’t have proven the point any more clearly — and the crowd emphasized the point with its enthusiastic reception.” –Dan Cook, Arts Beat
April is Autism Awareness Month. Join us as we offer a special “Inclusion” concert welcoming neuro-typical folks along with our families with autism and other developmental disabilities. .