Harlem’s finest in Addis

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From performances at the White House all the way to South Africa for a country wide tour, the Harlem Quartet has sure been all over the world.


The Grammy winning string quartet performed at the 5th Acacia world music festival held at the Tropical Gardens last weekend as well as another performance on Tuesday, on 11th of February at the Alliance éthio-française.
The group is composed of first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players; violinists Ilmar Gavilan, Melissa White and Juan-Miguel Hernandez and cellist Paul Wiancko.
Reviewing the group, the New York Times has said that “they bring a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.”
Their record titled “Mozart Goes Dancing” has been a favorite of many across the world and they have had the opportunities to collaborate and work with some of the world’s finest classical and jazz musicians from all over the world such as; Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dicter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Their most recent recording, Hot House, with the well known jazz musician Chick Corea and percussionist Gary Burton was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner.
The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery of new flavors of melodies. They also capture their audiences by the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
If you missed the show the Acacia festival as well as at the Alliance éthio-française, you might be able to catch them some other time as the group indicated they might visit Addis Ababa once more sooner than you think. It is many people’s hopes that they do indeed come back soon.