Saturday, August 18 6:30 | Sunday August 19 4:00
The versatile and genre-bending Ébèné Quartet will be featured on “A Weekend in Paris,” with a jazz concert at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 18, and a concert of classical string quartet repertoire on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 4:00 pm. Ébèné (pronounced ay-ben) is the French word for ebony, and the quartet plays contemporary jazz that has roots in the Parisian Hot Club sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.
The quartet’s members are conservatory-trained string players, but the cellist plays piano in a jazz quartet, the second violinist is a drummer, and the violist also plays guitar. From “promising young ensemble,” the Quatuor Ébèné has grown to become one of the foremost quartets on the international scene. Recently it was selected to take part in the BBC’s “New Generation Artists” program, and it has been heard throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. In 2010, the quartet released an album of jazz and world music titled Fiction.
These four French musicians have class and are perhaps the most creative ensemble on the international chamber music scene today. No other quartet moves with such ease and enthusiasm between different styles.
The quartet’s traditional repertoire does not suffer in any way from its love of jazz. On the contrary, it would seem that the Ebènes’ tendency to delve into the “other side” of music inspires their work in untangling and giving new life to classical works. During its performance at the Hitzacker summer festival in 2009, for example, the quartet was heard playing a quartet by Haydn with such spontaneity, it gave the impression that this music, over two hundred years old, was somehow just composed.
—Miriam Villchur Berg
next week | Two Pianos at the Maverick
Saturday, August 25, 6:30 | Jazz at the Maverick
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, pianos
Sunday, August 26, 4 pm | Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo, pianos
Music of Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Glass
For additional details, including a schedule of concerts, ticket prices, and seating information, visit www.maverickconcerts.org or call Maverick’s recorded message line at 845 – 679-8217.