The 13th season of the Jim Calaway Honors Series of performances at Colorado Mountain College kicks off with the out-of-the-box Real Vocal String Quartet. The quartet will perform at three different campuses, from Spring Valley near Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge and Edwards. Each concert honors different supporters of the college. The group performs in Edwards on Friday night.
How did an all-female group of musicians and vocalists from San Francisco's Bay Area end up shattering preconceived notions of string quartets, folk harmonies and world music?
Real Vocal String Quartet began with violinist Irene Sazer's inspiration to combine her musical passions: chamber music, improvising, composing and singing. With violinist Alisa Rose, violist Dina Maccabee and cellist Jessica Ivry, Sazer's vision sparked the creation of a truly collaborative ensemble that freely mixes and ultimately transcends genres.
Real Vocal String Quartet's surprisingly broad repertoire embraces the diverse influences of all four players, from classical, jazz and rock to songs and styles from West Africa, Brazil and rural America. Yet while four distinct voices can be heard, with more than seven years of performing together, the quartet has achieved a true group sound.
Starting from the eclectic, musically sophisticated base of the San Francisco Bay Area, Real Vocal String Quartet has found a national audience since releasing its debut CD in 2010. The group was selected by the U.S. State Department to perform as musical ambassadors with the American Voices program, which will send the group to five European countries for concerts and educational programs in the fall. The group has appeared on local and national television (including an appearance with Canadian Grammy nominee Feist on "The Tonight Show") and radio and collaborated and recorded with nationally recognized artists, including Feist, Mirah, Beats Antique, Vetiver, Aaron Novik and Spencer Day.
Real Vocal String Quartet's second album, produced by Lee Townsend, will be released this month.