Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Their diverse programs can be tailored to fit anywhere, from an intimate chamber music venue to a large outdoor festival. The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms. They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages!
Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation – soprano saxophone/alto flute (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom) and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga) – richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” and Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song No. 6″ to Traditional Macedonian “Gadjarsko” and original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus”, “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que”.
Damon Zick – soprano saxophone, woodwinds
Kenton Youngstrom – acoustic guitar
Jacob Szekely – cello
Felipe Fraga – percussion
“the most unique aspect of the group, is their ensemble sound. Influenced by styles
from India and Mexico in addition to jazz and classical music. QUARTETO NUEVO’S
music is modern and uses advanced rhythms and time signatures yet also has the
sound of ancient times. Their nine performances on their CD are atmospheric, full of
subtle surprises and unlike anything else heard in the jazz world.”
– LA JAZZ SCENE
“Utilizing the sounds and instruments of ancient worlds and faraway places with
a contemporary groove, Quarteto Nuevo’s music is complex in its structure and
sophisticated time signatures but always melodic, accessible, and deeply communicative.”
– LA WEEKLY
QUARTETO NUEVO’S members have performed and/or recorded with the following:
Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Moscow Symphony, The Redlands Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, The UCLA World Jazz Ensemble, Dave Brubeck, Rush, Nels Cline, Continuum, Taylor Eigsti, Falla Guitar Trio, John Tesh, The Industry, Jim Adkins, Ellie Goulding, Souhail Kaspar, Larry Koonse, Hubert Laws, Josh Nelson, Red Quartet, Ali Jihad Racy, Harry Scorzo Quartet, Malik Sow, Supernova Quartet, Mochizuki Takinojo, Luis Villegas, Jay Z, among others.