Del Sol String Quartet


Del Sol Quartet and ZOFO, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Del Sol and ZOFO perform at Dartmouth College.

Two acclaimed California-based chamber ensembles combine for a program reflecting the diversity of the Pacific Rim—including works by Terry Riley, Sahba Aminikia and Dartmouth’s own Kui Dong. A two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Del Sol is dedicated to 21st-century music. Grammy-nominated ZOFO is one of the world’s few piano duos focusing on the complex choreography of four hands, one instrument.

Works by Sahba Aminikia, Ryan Brown, Kui Dong, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ben Johnston, Kenji Oh, Pablo Ortiz, Nicholas Pavkovic, Terry Riley and Gabriella Smith.

Whole Sol Festival: Dark Queen Mantra (San Francisco)
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Whole Sol Festival: Del Sol String Quartet 25th Anniversary Festival

Dark Queen Mantra: Music of Terry Riley, with special guests Gyan Riley and Terry Riley

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Opening night celebrates the music of Terry Riley and the release of Del Sol’s new album, Dark Queen Mantra. The evening features Del Sol’s distinctive, off-book versions of G Song and The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz, performed from memory. Guitarist Gyan Riley joins Del Sol in the first performance of an expanded version of Terry Riley’s Dark Queen Mantra. Terry Riley will also play solo and in duo with Gyan.

“Terry Riley doesn’t limit his music within a final double-bar but allows it to keep on growing – he composed more music for us to play after ‘finishing’ Dark Queen Mantra, and so we are performing an expanded version of that piece for the first time on this concert,” Del Sol violinist Benjamin Kreith explains. “As a quartet, we’ve found new energy and growth through the experience of performing Terry’s quartets off-book, by memory. As musicians, we’ve found an inspiring example – Terry has the strength to follow his own path balanced with the humility and curiosity of an eternal student.”

Whole Sol Festival: It’s Our Party (San Francisco)
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Whole Sol Festival: Del Sol String Quartet 25th Anniversary Festival

It’s Our Party: With special audience participation in Gyan Riley’s piece for quartet and ukuleles

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It’s Our Party features three world premieres by young Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz, who brings the irresistible energy of his native folk music to the concert stage; Theresa Wong, a brilliant Berkeley-based composer/improviser, who explores the resonances of “just intonation;” and Gyan Riley, whose new piece for quartet features an audience-participation ukulele choir. This evening also includes electronic soundscapes and visuals by composer Daniel Wohl.

Whole Sol Festival: Kanto Kechua (San Francisco)
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Whole Sol Festival: Del Sol String Quartet 25th Anniversary Festival

Kanto Kechua: Music of Gabriela Lena Frank with special guest Gabriela Lena Frank

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Closing night features the world premiere of Kanto Kechua by the award-winning, multicultural composer Gabriela Lena Frank, whose music reflects and explores her Peruvian heritage. Frank joins Del Sol with her whirlwind piano playing, and the concert will also include her favorite Andean-inspired chamber music. Equally at home with the Philadelphia Orchestra or volunteering in a rural high school, Gabriela Lena Frank embodies the ideals of musical community.

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