February 14, 2016

Second Sunday at Six Concert with collaborative combo The Ayuda Quartet, with rapping violist Lil Sharp. 6:00 p.m. Free, BYOB.  

The Ayuda Quartet came together as friends in the Civic Orchestra and embarked together on the idea of forming an unconventional string quartet. Through the integration of music traditions past and present, the Ayuda Quartet blends deft classical artistry with refined modern pop sensibilities. The quartet strives to redefine the role of chamber music in today’s world.

With their love of chamber music and art, the quartet launched the Flow Concert Series in the summer of 2015. Flow brings music from the concert hall to small spaces in celebration of the intimacy of music and art. The series is deliberately intimate, taking place in modest spaces, specifically designed to highlight the personal, emotional and intrinsic connection between the listener and the performers. Flow performances include poetry, visual arts and dance in combination with a set of musical pieces and songs.

The Ayuda Quartet have a growing demand in the studio as well, recently collaborating with Grammy-winning producer David Hodges and most recently with America’s Got Talent finalist Sharon Irving, collaborating on her debut release. The arrangements are by John Arndt, a Grammy-nominated producer/arranger based in Chicago.

The Ayuda Quartet is Rita Andrade (viola), Myra Hinrichs (violin), Liz Oar (cello) and Danielle Seaman (violin). For this performance, Ayuda Quartet will be playing some tangos by Astor Piazzolla and some classical repertoire, with vocals by Hannaniah Whitley.

For this Transistor set The Ayuda Quartet will be doing jazz, pop, and classical, all on the theme of love, of course!