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      Kaia String Quartet

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      WFMT’s Ensemble in Residence joins us in the Levin Studio with music of Latin America.

      Julian Orbón: String Quartet No 1- Mov 1 Poco Allegro, non tropo quasi moderato

      Javier Alvarez: Metro Chabacano

      Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No 1

      1. Cantinela
      2. Brincadeira
      3. Canto Lírico
      4. Cançoneta
      5. Melancolia
      6. Saltando como um Saci

      Silvestre Revueltas: String Quartet No.2

      1. Allegro giocoso
      2. Motto Vivace

      III. Allegro motto sostenuto

      Jose Bragato: Selections from Tres movimientos porteños para cuarteto de cuerdas, sobre ritmos de Tango

      Sebastian Piana/ Catulo Castillo: Viejo Ciego

      Astor Piazzolla: 3 Pieces

      Deus Xango
      Adiós Nonino


      Victoria Moreira, violin 
      Naomi Culp, violin
      Amanda Grimm, viola
      Hope Shepherd DeCelle, cello

      KAIA is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. In April 2017,  KAIA will begin their residency with WFMT Chicago’s classical and arts radio stationwhere they will perform, curate, and expose audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music on all of WFMT’s platforms, including, 98.7FM, and social media.

      The quartet recently toured Uruguay and Argentina in support of their latest work, QUARTANGO, an album featuring all tangos from the Rio de la Plata. Their debut album Latinoamérica was released in 2014 and includes works by local composers Elbio Barilari and Gustavo Leone as well as Cuban composer Julián Orbón. The group recently completed an album of Latin music with guitarist Fareed Haque that includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Elbio Barilari, Eduardo Angulo and Leo Brouwer.

      KAIA’s ongoing involvement in Latin American communities has resulted in notable performances in Chicago and abroad. The ensemble is a regular guest artist at the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber series in North Carolina, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art where they are currently in residence.  They have collaborated with  Grammy winner Raúl Jaurena, the National Chamber Music Ensemble of Uruguay, Chicago’s Tangata ensemble, Chicago Summer Dance Festival and the Latin American Music Center of Indiana University. In 2013 KAIA performed with Grammy Award winning musician and composer Paquito D’Rivera. Their performance was  featured on NPR’s New Year’s Eve “Toast of the Nation.” 

      Passionate music educators, KAIA gives in-school presentations around Chicagoland through the Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play program, in which they introduce students without music programs to classical and world music. Annually since 2013, the organization Promotora de las Bellas Artes, Mi Festival brings KAIA to Tijuana, Mexico to give educational and formal concerts. This tour consists of 24 educational concerts for elementary students as well as performances in San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana. 

      The ensemble completed graduate studies together under the Avalon Quartet at Northern Illinois University, where they were the graduate string quartet in residence.

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