The Bohemian Quartet
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Release your inner gypsy…
The Bohemian Quartet
Stan Renard, Nancy Richardson, Dave Zinno, Christine Harrington
Thursday~December 5th~7:30 (doors at 7:00PM)
CD Release Celebration
270 Broadway~Providence , RI
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Hello, fellow musicians!
I am writing to inform you that we, the Bohemian Quartet, will be offering a workshop and concert at Rhode Island College this month. RIC music students will be participating in this event and we hope you will consider joining them, and us, to learn and perform some fun Roma (gypsy) music!
The workshop will be held at Rhode Island College and will be two days; Friday, October 19th, from 7-9:00PM and Sunday, October 21st, from 1-4:00PM with a concert at 5:00PM.
We recommend that you attend both Friday and Sunday workshops. Participants will be provided with all the music ahead of time and will perform in the concert with the Bohemians Sunday, October 21st, at 5:00PM.
The cost of the entire workshop/concert is $50.00 per person. If you would like to attend, please mail a check, made out to “Stan Renard”, and addressed to Christine Harrington at 151 Olearos Hill Road, Moosup, CT 06354.
For more info, email The Bohemian Quartet <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Bohemian Quartet
RECENT PERFORMANCE: The Bohemian Quartet & The Community String Project
Friday, May 11, 2012
Colt Andrews School
570 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809
Workshop for students of the Community String Project – 5:00-6:30pm
Concert featuring The Bohemian Quartet with the Community String Project – 7:30pm
The Bohemian Quartet will be working with a group of musicians from the Community String Project in a workshop prior to the concert. The workshop is free. Participants in the afternoon workshop will perform a couple tunes with The Bohemian Quartet in the evening concert!
The afternoon workshop and evening concert are sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts and will be FREE to all Community String Project students and family members of the CSP students. Ticket prices for the general public are as follows: $10.00 general admission & $5.00 Senior Citizens. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be used for the benefit of the Community String Project.
For more information about the Community String Project please visit the Community String Project website: www.cspri.org
For more information about The Bohemian Quartet pease visit their website at: www.bohemianquartet.com
Watching The Bohemian Quartet perform live is like listening to history being preserved. In many ways, this gifted and exhilarating act is simply keeping a rare musical flame alive by taking on the challenging oeuvre of the Romany, or “gypsy” musical tradition. Those of you who’ve already seen their show know how mesmerizing and captivating it can be. Those who’ve missed it thus far are in for a treat! You can see them in all their whirling glory on Friday, May 11, with The Community String Project, Colt Andrews School, 570 Hope Street in Bristol, RI.
Here’s a little history: BQ borrowed its name from a quartet formed over 100 years ago in Czechoslovakia. That group, later called the Czech Quartet, ultimately disbanded in 1934. Appropriately enough, the two entities –
BQ v.1 and today’s iteration-share much more than a name. They both embrace a deep passion for the Romany tradition, and the unique ability to perform that historic repertoire with skill and verve.
The acclaimed ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass-formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and John DeBossu on upright bass. Together, they are capable curators, tackling ancient traditions, and still leaving room to wander off into newer, lovely, and more modern directions.
Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s latest recording and well-worth picking up, reveals that the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. Recorded live at the Blackstone River Theatre and produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with lightning fast tempos, virtuosic playing, and all the flair you’d expect from this musical vernacular.
New developments have followed: Accolades have been bestowed on the quartet since its inception. Strad, for example, the highly regarded stringed instrument site, said recently: “The performances are very enjoyable – The musicians play up quite a storm.”
In addition, they were featured on the “One World Show,” produced by Robert Malin, for which they received an award for Best Music Documentary. Beyond Tradition also enjoyed placement on the preliminary ballot by the Grammy Association. Currently, the act has signed with MCM Artists booking agency.
So don’t hesitate to take advantage of this great musical moment. Go to enjoy the historic traditions. Go to witness the musical virtuosity. But above all, go to have a great time, listening to fine music in support of The Community String Project.
preserves and expands the rare and
remarkable Romany musical culture
The mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but The Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble-featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass-specializes in music of the “Romany” or “Gypsy” tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles.
The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and John DeBossu on upright bass. Together, they’ve made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Indeed, like every good curator, the BQ at once embraces the ancient traditions, and still wanders off in newer, lovely, unpredictable directions.
BQ borrowed its name from a quartet formed over 100 years ago in Czechoslovakia. That group, later called the Czech Quartet, ultimately disbanded in 1934. Appropriately enough, the two entities-BQ v.1 and today’s iteration-share much more than a name. They shoulder a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre. On the aptly titled Beyond Tradition, the quartet’s new recording, the group’s intentions are true and accomplished. The project was recorded live at the lovely Blackstone River Theater (http://www.riverfolk.org) and St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth, RI (home of The Portsmouth Arts Guild). Produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with zippy tempos, virtuosic playing, spry strings crying and dancing, and above all the flair of performance that makes this sound so utterly riveting. On “The Violins Stopped Playing,” an epic, two-part piece commissioned by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the music ebbs and flows through the romance, heartbreak and exhilaration of great Romany music. Other tracks on Beyond Tradition, which consists of songs interspersed with insightful commentary, are also noteworthy and informative. The band’s performance clearly demonstrates the musicians are up to the task of playing these intricate melodies.
Accolades have followed the quartet since its inception. The quartet was featured on the “One World Show,” produced by Robert Malin, for which they received an award for Best Music Documentary. Beyond Tradition also enjoyed placement on the 2010 preliminary ballot by the Grammy Association.
“A worth while introduction to the folk styles of eastern Europe.” – The Strad Magazine