Have you ever wondered what would happen if a classical string quartet got lost in the Appalachian mountains and liked it so much they decided to stick around? That’s more or less what happened to Invoke, a “string quartet” based in Austin. I use the term string quartet loosely because half the time it’s a traditional string quartet, two violins, a viola, and cello, but the other half of the time one of the violins and the viola get tossed out the window and replaced with a banjo and a mandolin. The group, made up of Zachariah Matteson, Nick Montopoli, Karl Mitze, and Geoff Manyin, is equally at home performing contemporary string quartet music in a concert hall and playing original fiddle tunes at the Cactus Café. They’ve made the rounds at festivals and residencies for their classical work, but at the same time retaining their unique bluegrass sensibilities. Their 2015 release “Souls in the Mud” features that classical-folk hybrid style, fusing a 16th-century motet with Appalachian fiddle music. Thier upcoming release, “Furious Creek” Promises more of the same, but with even more raucous energy. Invoke came by Studio 1A to show us some classical works from an upcoming concert, as well as some of their original tunes. Check out their performance below!
– James Parker
1.29.17 – Classical Chamber Concerts, 4:00