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Quartet San Francisco - Látigo

Audio Samples

>Hernández, Rafael : Cachita, for string quartet & percussion
>Pontier, Armando : Milongueando en el 40
>Cohen, Jeremy : Crowdambo, for string quartet & percussion
>Pontier, Armando : A los amigos, for string quartet
>Saborido, Enrique : Felicia, for string quartet
>Price, Evan : Felipe, for string quartet
>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
>Piazzolla, Astor : Melodia in A minor
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Corea, Chick : Armando's Rhumba, for string quartet & percussion
>Gardel, Carlos : El día que me quieras
>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
>Arolas, Eduardo : Comme il faut, tango
>Bardi, Argentino Agustín : Gallo Ciego
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>     Cool
>Piazzolla, Astor : Nuevo Tango

Album Summary

>Hernández, Rafael : Cachita, for string quartet & percussion
>Pontier, Armando : Milongueando en el 40
>Cohen, Jeremy : Crowdambo, for string quartet & percussion
>Pontier, Armando : A los amigos, for string quartet
>Saborido, Enrique : Felicia, for string quartet
>Price, Evan : Felipe, for string quartet
>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
>Piazzolla, Astor : Melodia in A minor
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Corea, Chick : Armando's Rhumba, for string quartet & percussion
>Gardel, Carlos : El día que me quieras
>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
>Arolas, Eduardo : Comme il faut, tango
>Bardi, Argentino Agustín : Gallo Ciego
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Piazzolla, Astor : Nuevo Tango
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This album was nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Crossover Album."

Personnel: John Santos (bongos, cowbells, maracas, shaker, triangle, caxixi).

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA.

Quartet San Francisco is much in the same spirit as the Turtle Island String Quartet, though their primary focus on this classical crossover CD is on Latin music, especially the tango. Violinists Jeremy Cohen and Kayo Miki, violist Emily Onderdonk and cellist Joel Cohen have a strong chemistry and the ability to engage in the most intricate interplay, while still incorporating improvisation into their performances. They suggest the presence of the late composer Astor Piazzolla's bandoneon in the moving interpretation of the sorrowful "Melodia en la Menor" and engage in a bit of playfulness in Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba," one of several tunes that add percussionist John Santos. The influence of the Turtle Island String Quartet is apparent in their lively arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Cool" (from the Broadway musical West Side Story). The sole original is Jeremy Cohen's "Crawdambo," a delightful mambo blending a number of musical influences, written in tribute to his late teacher, Anne Crowden. This is an auspicious release by a contemporary string quartet that will hopefully get the opportunity to record on a frequent basis. ~ Ken Dryden



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Works Details

>Rafael Hernández (1892 - 1965) : Cachita, for string quartet & percussion
  • Performers: John Santos (Caxixi); John Santos (Shaker); John Santos (Triangle); John Santos (Maracas); John Santos (Bongos); John Santos (Percussion); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello); Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Pontier, Armando : Milongueando en el 40
  • Performers: Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cohen, Jeremy : Crowdambo, for string quartet & percussion
  • Performers: John Santos (Bongos); John Santos (Caxixi); John Santos (Triangle); John Santos (Maracas); John Santos (Shaker); Joel Cohen (Cello); Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); John Santos (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Pontier, Armando : A los amigos, for string quartet
  • Performers: Kayo Miki (Violin); Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Saborido, Enrique : Felicia, for string quartet
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Price, Evan : Felipe, for string quartet
  • Performers: Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello); Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Notes: Composition written: 1917.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Melodia in A minor
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1955
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Corea, Chick : Armando's Rhumba, for string quartet & percussion
  • Performers: Emily Onderdonk (Viola); John Santos (Shaker); John Santos (Maracas); John Santos (Triangle); John Santos (Bongos); John Santos (Caxixi); Kayo Miki (Violin); Joel Cohen (Cello); John Santos (Percussion); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gardel, Carlos : El día que me quieras
  • Performers: Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Kayo Miki (Violin); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
  • Performers: Kayo Miki (Violin); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Arolas, Eduardo : Comme il faut, tango
  • Performers: Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin); Joel Cohen (Cello); Emily Onderdonk (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Argentino Agustín Bardi : Gallo Ciego
  • Performers: Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story :: Cool
  • Performers: Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Kayo Miki (Violin); Joel Cohen (Cello); Jeremy Cohen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Nuevo Tango
  • Performers: Jeremy Cohen (Violin); Kayo Miki (Violin); Emily Onderdonk (Viola); Joel Cohen (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986
  • Studio/Live: Studio