Sirius Quartet - Paths become lines
Within all genres of music, there exists a delicate balance between that which is premeditated and that which is spontaneous. Even the most intricately composed song or sonata requires the soul and energy of the artist to breathe life into every performance, while the simplest creative musical impulse can give rise to an entire symphony. Within this mysterious grey area, the NYC-based Sirius Quartet has carved out an unmistakably distinct path. Taking a traditional model and redefining what it can be, they approach the string quartet as both composers and performers, as both adherents to the written music on the page and impulsive improvisers willing to throw it all away in the moment and let intuition take the lead. You may hear strange new combinations of genres as you listen: minimalism mixed with odd-metered metal, aggressively dissonant modern classical outbursts getting cooled down by Afro-Cuban rhythms, abstract free improvisations giving rise to lush, romantic harmonies, spastic drum and bass patterns slapped on a cello with virtuosic bebop lines soaring overhead. This is music of the future, deeply rooted in the past; an entrancing sonic realm where every wandered path can become a distinct line in the sand.