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  • Genre: Acoustic / Celtic / Folk

    Location Boston, US

    Profile Views: 20089

    Last Login: 4/13/2012

    Member Since 5/2/2008

    Website www.FolkArtsQuartet.com

    Type of Label Indie

  • Bio

    .. .. .. Folk Arts Quartet (FAQ) fuses the worlds of folk and chamber music in a wild amalgam they call ChamberGrass. With firm roots in Celtic and American fiddle styles, FAQ enlivens traditional tunes and new compositions through innovative arrangements, recordings, and performances. .... “It’s not uncommon for a modern string quartet to play some crossover material,” remarks cellist Liz Davis Maxfield, “but what we’re doing is different. We aren’t a classical quartet playing ‘an arrangement of a folk tunes.’ We are fundamentally folk musicians, who know the traditions and styles, but we also happen to have extensive technical training and chamber music experience.” .... The founding members of Folk Arts Quartet met in 2008 while studying at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), piloting their groovy, contemporary arrangements in Boston’s fertile folk music scene. At Berklee, FAQ had the honor of being mentored by some of today’s best contemporary string players, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, and John McGann. FAQ’s sound quickly grew in popularity as the quartet performed for audiences at venues such as Club Passim and WGBH’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn. .... “Evidently passionate and extremely tight, it was an absolute delight to see them perform,” wrote Anja McCloskey, writer for Wears the Trousers Magazine. .... Scots Trad Music Award winner and FAQ mentor, Natalie Haas, said “The Folk Arts Quartet is comprised of four incredibly talented young [musicians], each bringing her own unique style of fiddling to this group, which is the first of its kind in the Celtic genre. They are taking the string world by storm with their zesty arrangements of both traditional and original tunes, blending the raw, folksy sounds of a string band with the sophistication and grace of a classical string quartet.” .... In March 2009, FAQ released its debut, self-titled album prior to spending the summer touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. In response to FAQ’s performance on the main stage of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Festival’s musical director touted FAQ as one of her “favorite bands to watch this year.” (Cover Lay Down, 8/09) .... In late 2009 FAQ “hibernated” while Liz accepted a Fulbright grant to pursue a year-long study and research program at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick, Ireland). Meanwhile, others of the founding members also pursued other musical projects. .... In summer 2010, FAQ returns to the scene with a new lineup—welcoming Jenna Moynihan and Lea Kirstein—and tours in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. .. .. Buy the Folk Arts Quartet CD ..Here!.. .......... .. .. .............. .. ..
  • Members

    Liz Davis Maxfield (cello), Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle), Lea Kirstein (viola), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle)
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    Musical cheers from France!......www.steamboxmusic.com

    1 year ago
  • notloB Folk Concerts

    Looking forward to our second date, Somerville, 8/13.

    2 years ago
  • Clayton Hall

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP!

    2 years ago
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    Hi!

    Thanks for your friendship ;-)

    Greetings from PARIS

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    Hello my friend I would like to take this time out to tell you thank you for accepting my request to become your friend.Have a blessed week.

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    We're just droppin' by to say howdy and thanks for being friends with us
    We hope you have a great day!
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    3 years ago
  • Lurach

    hey, thanks for the friendship! love your music!

    dùrachdan
    lurach x

    3 years ago
  • Tim Cheatle

    Hiya Folk Arts Quartet!
    Just wanted to let you know that my new album "Letting Go" is now released.
    God Bless,
    Tim.

    3 years ago
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Bio:

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Folk Arts Quartet (FAQ) fuses the worlds of folk and chamber music in a wild amalgam they call ChamberGrass. With firm roots in Celtic and American fiddle styles, FAQ enlivens traditional tunes and new compositions through innovative arrangements, recordings, and performances.

“It’s not uncommon for a modern string quartet to play some crossover material,” remarks cellist Liz Davis Maxfield, “but what we’re doing is different. We aren’t a classical quartet playing ‘an arrangement of a folk tunes.’ We are fundamentally folk musicians, who know the traditions and styles, but we also happen to have extensive technical training and chamber music experience.”

The founding members of Folk Arts Quartet met in 2008 while studying at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), piloting their groovy, contemporary arrangements in Boston’s fertile folk music scene. At Berklee, FAQ had the honor of being mentored by some of today’s best contemporary string players, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, and John McGann. FAQ’s sound quickly grew in popularity as the quartet performed for audiences at venues such as Club Passim and WGBH’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn.

“Evidently passionate and extremely tight, it was an absolute delight to see them perform,” wrote Anja McCloskey, writer for Wears the Trousers Magazine.

Scots Trad Music Award winner and FAQ mentor, Natalie Haas, said “The Folk Arts Quartet is comprised of four incredibly talented young [musicians], each bringing her own unique style of fiddling to this group, which is the first of its kind in the Celtic genre. They are taking the string world by storm with their zesty arrangements of both traditional and original tunes, blending the raw, folksy sounds of a string band with the sophistication and grace of a classical string quartet.”

In March 2009, FAQ released its debut, self-titled album prior to spending the summer touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. In response to FAQ’s performance on the main stage of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Festival’s musical director touted FAQ as one of her “favorite bands to watch this year.” (Cover Lay Down, 8/09)

In late 2009 FAQ “hibernated” while Liz accepted a Fulbright grant to pursue a year-long study and research program at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick, Ireland). Meanwhile, others of the founding members also pursued other musical projects.

In summer 2010, FAQ returns to the scene with a new lineup—welcoming Jenna Moynihan and Lea Kirstein—and tours in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

Buy the Folk Arts Quartet CD Here!
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May 02, 2008

Members:

Liz Davis Maxfield (cello), Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle), Lea Kirstein (viola), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle)

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