August 2019 Newsletter

August 2019

Gregor Huebner News

Dear Friends,

Welcome back to the next season of exciting concerts and new projects.

Sirius Quartet’s most recent album NEW WORLD drops today! It has been a couple of years in the making and we can’t wait to share this music with everyone.

New World is available on CD, plus all digital platforms and streaming services.  We will have our official album release show on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at NYC’s Rite of Summer music festival.

I hope you are enjoying the end of this great summer. We all just got back into town and we’re starting to prepare for the next school year.

Sirius Quartet: New World on ZOHO Records


Both a charged reaction to recent political events and a celebration of the perserverance of hope and spirit, New World features 9 new compositions and arrangements from members of the quartet.

On August 23, 2019, Sirius Quartet releases New World on ZOHO Records. Called an ensemble that “works comfortably at the intersection of post-minimalist classical composition and post-bop jazz” by the Detroit Free Press, the quartet’s visceral compositions and arrangements provide ample space for improvisation. The politically-charged and topical album explores themes of immigration, discrimination, and being an agent of change.

The title track “New World, Nov. 9, 2016” was the Grand Prize winner for the New York Philharmonic’s “New World Initiative” composition competition in 2017. Composer/violinist Gregor Huebner balances idyllic and hopeful themes of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (“New World” Symphony) with the fiercer passages found in the Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 that allude to tensions between the composer and the Soviet Union. “With two immigrant violinists, we in the quartet feel that it’s important to create music that speaks to the moment in which we live and gives hope,” says composer Huebner.

Huebner’s “#STILL” is based on the devastating song “Strange Fruit,” first recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. Eighty years later and institutionalized racism remains endemic.  Composer/violinist Fung Chern Hwei describes the opening work, “Beside the Point” as his “declaration of struggle against discrimination.” Cellist/composer Jeremy Harman’s “Currents” maintains an often vague sense of menace throughout, prodding the listener out of any complacency. The Beatles’ iconic “Eleanor Rigby” and Radiohead’s “Knives Out,” both arranged by Huebner, showcase the group’s fierce improvisational acumen.  Recorded in Germany over two years, New World is the quartet’s first full-length since 2016’s Paths Become Lines. The album is both an impassioned lament for the state of a nation and beyond, and a beautiful and hopeful call to action.
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October 16, 2019
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October 19, 2019
KORNTALER KULTURGIPFEL, Stadthalle, Korntal 8:00PM

October 20, 2019
Kleinkunstpreis Baden-Württemberg – Die Tour 2019, Kulturhaus Osterfeld e.V., Pforzheim 7:00 PM

October 22, 2019
BERTA EPPLE MIXED SHOW, Landesvertretung Baden Württemberg in Berlin

October 24, 2019
BERTA EPPLE im Casino: Die Rente ist sicher, BGV Lichthof, Karlsruhe 7:30PM

October 25, 2019
BERTA EPPLE im Casino: Die Rente ist sicher, Auerbachhalle, Urbach 8:00 PM

October 26, 2019
BERTA EPPLE im Casino: Die Rente ist sicher, Kollmar & Jourdan-Gebäude

October 31, 2019
BERTA EPPLE im Casino: Die Rente ist sicher, KABIriNETT

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