Quartette Indigo will appear at The Chapel Restoration at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Cellist and composer Akua Dixon leads the group in a program based on its CD American Classics with Gwen Laster and Patrisa Tomassini on violin, and Ina Paris on viola. Admission is $15, $10 for students.
Quartette Indigo has been in the forefront of improvising string quartets since 1972. Whether playing spirituals, blues, swing, salsa, bebop or, as in this concert, American Songbook classics, their repertoire features highly imaginative and beautifully textured arrangements.
They have performed the world premiere of The Jelly Roll Morton Latin Tinge Project with Paquito D’Rivera at the Kennedy Center and Dreaming the Duke at KennedyCenter and at Tanglewood Jazz Festival with Nnenna Freelon and Harolyn Blackwell.
Educational concerts for Carnegie Hall Education and Jazz at LincolnCenter’s Jazz in the Schools tour have showcased their versatility. In addition to their own CDs, they can be heard on Lauryn Hill’s Grammy Award winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin’s Grammy nominated A Rose Is Still A Rose, Dizzy Gillespie’s movie soundtrack A Winter In Lisbon and James Carter’s Caribbean Rhapsody.
The Chapel Restoration, chapelrestoration.org, which has no religious affiliation, is an historic landmark. Laster is a member of its volunteer board of directors. Located at 45 Market St., Cold Spring, across from Metro-North train station, it features superb acoustics.