January 18, 2014: Cuarteto Rustico

Doors at 7:30 pm / Music at 8 pm

Touted by the New York Concert Review as having, "...a focused sound at all dynamic levels, beautiful phrasing, a perfect balance among the instruments," Cuarteto Rústico is a string quartet comprised of artists with Latin American roots. Originally from Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and New York, Cuarteto Rústico's primary mission is to promote the origins, history, and culture of the Americas through music.

Programs include classical and Latin American works originally written or arranged for string quartet. One of Cuarteto Rústico's current projects is to research and perform lesser known Latin American works originally written for string quartet.

While performing works by composers from the Americas and Europe is a substantial part of Cuarteto Rústico's repertoire, folk music and popular music from the Americas is at the heart of our programs.

Rústico (rustic) refers to a return to the most basic elements of nature in painting, poetry, letters, culinary arts, fashion, philosophy, and science, as well as music. It reflects a simple way of living, the absence of time, rush or haste.

In the visual arts, the rústico style is most often represented in landscape painting of the simple elements that exist in the countryside. The painter purposely leaves a noticeable brush mark in the canvas to re-create a rustic, uneven look. In music, rústico elements appear in various time periods in the works of many composers; Vivaldi, Haydn, Bartók, Gorecki, and Ginastera all use elements of folklore such as common songs and folk rhythms in their works. Cuarteto Rústico is a string quartet that enjoys emphasizing the rustic/rústico elements especially when they are encountered in classical and Latin American music.

"Many string quartets strive for a consistently blended, homogeneous sound, and when a homophonic texture called for it, we heard such a sound from Cuarteto Rústico. But what I liked most about the quartet's playing was that each instrument retained its own color, making crystal clear the polyphonic web which was present in so much to tonight's music." - Harry Saltzman, New York Concert Review