Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. The quartet received the Grand Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.
With a mission of engaging and captivating diverse audiences, the Asylum Quartet performs in New York City subway stations under the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, and in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs. The quartet has been a featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live with John Dankosky, and on WWUH's The 20th Century Limited with Larry Bilansky.
"One can't help but smile and be pulled into their sonic world." - Ryan Jesperson, Composer
"You guys totally made my day, week, month and year! Thanks for such an amazing performance." - John Dankosky, Host of WNPR's "Where We Live"
As enthusiastic performers of new music, the quartet has collaborated with composers including Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Erberk Eryilmaz and Ryan Jesperson. During its 2014-2015 season, the quartet will feature its original arrangement of Philip Glass's String Quartet No. 5. Additionally, the quartet launched its first Call for Scores Competition in 2014 as part of its efforts to build and promote a new, unique repertoire for the ensemble.
Watch and listen to them perform here.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.