Obsessions String Quartet

Saturday, January 18, 2020 -  7:30 PM 

St. Albert United Church 

Obsessions String Quartet was founded in 2005 as an extension of a previously formed string trio, named Trio Con Brio. Once the Kent Sangster ’s Obsessions Octet was created, the string group became an integral part of the octet and the ensemble automatically became Obsessions String Quartet.

Obsessions Octet is a cross over ensemble, a blend of jazz, classical and tango, which consist of two quartets: a classical string quartet and a jazz quartet. The group plays chamber-jazz over a mix of material that leaves room for improvisation.

The quartet’s repertoire consist of unique string quartet hits such as music by Astor Piazzolla, Kent Sangster, Allan Gilliland, Chris Andrew, Radiohead, Maria Schneider, other tangos and jazz standards, and a few favourites by Ravel, Dvorak, Szymanowski and Bacewicz.

Obsessions has performed concerts across Alberta as well as USA, Greece, England, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland, and are part of four recordings by Obsessions Octet. For more info, please visit website at: www.obsessionsoctet.com

 

The String Quartet consists of four respected Edmonton musicians who are members of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and other chamber groups.

JOANNA CIAPKA- SANGSTER- violin

YUE DENG- violin

LEANNE MAITLAND- viola

RONDA METSZIES- cello

The ladies will be joined by two well-known jazz musicians and fellow members of Obsessions Octet - KENT SANGSTER, saxophones and JOHN TAYLOR, double bass.

Concert Sponsors:  Dr. Alan Murdock and David & Marilyn Wangler