Del Sol String Quartet


Hailed by Gramophone as “masters of all musical things they survey,” the Del Sol String Quartet shares living music with an ever-growing community of adventurous listeners. Fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology, and artistic innovation, the San Francisco-based ensemble is a leading force in 21st century chamber music whether introducing Ben Johnston’s microtonal Americana at the Library of Congress, exploring Andean soundscapes with Gabriela Lena Frank and traditional musicians, deconstructing Ruth Crawford’s radical experimental processes with East Bay schoolchildren, or rocking Mason Bates’ techno grooves in his San Francisco dance party. The New York Times praised Del Sol’s most recent recording, Scrapyard Exotica, “See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious… music played by the adventurous Del Sol String Quartet.”

WHOLE SOL FESTIVAL: Del Sol Celebrated 25 Years November 16-18, 2017

Del Sol presented its birthday party festival, celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation at the Atrium Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.  Guest performers included Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Daniel Wohl.  Read reviews  & find out more about each program.


Del Sol’s new album features world premiere recording of Terry Riley’s “Dark Queen Mantra” and Stefano Scodanibbio’s “Mas Lugares,” alongside Riley’s classic “The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz.”  Read more about DQM.


Surprisingly, Ben Johnston’s music had never been performed before at the Library of Congress. The first performance of his just-intonation Americana (April 30, 2016) was greeted with whoops and spontaneous applause. And we had the honor of meeting Frederic Rzewski and premiering his youthful String Quartet (April 29, 2016)!  Check out videos of the Johnston and Rzewski from those concerts.


 New York Times says: “I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve rocked out to a string quartet recording. See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious….music”

Never content to simply re-interpret the existing canon of music for string quartet, the indefatigable Del Sol String Quartet with Scrapyard Exotica, its third full-length album from Sono Luminus with world premiere recordings of works by Mason Bates, Ken Ueno, and Mohammed Fairouz. Read more…

Scrapyard Exotica Cover


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