Quartet Davis is a group of musicians trained in classical chamber music but with roots in folk and blues-based music. They were drawn together by their excitement for exploring these traditions and their love for the string quartet model. Improvisation is central to their creative process, and is incorporated into all their original works and interpretations of existing work. They love learning and playing different styles from around the world. While they play and sing original music or arrangements of tunes or standards, they also work to respect the traditions and contributions of those who set the groundwork for the many different styles we all enjoy playing today.
All experienced in teaching and outreach, Quartet Davis is eager to explore musical possibilities with young students and envisions a future where string players will be fluent across a range of musical idioms. Quartet Davis offers educational workshops on improvisation, arranging, and chamber music playing for students of all ages.
Quartet Davis’ album "Three Lefts make a Right" will be released spring 2020, and a separate EP will be released later in the following year.
Members Camille Vogley-Howes and Molly Tucker, violin, Emily Edelstein, viola, and Karl Henry, cello, met while studying at Oberlin Conservatory. They formed on a US-Embassy sponsored trip to Amman, Jordan in January 2017 where they performed and taught at schools, community centers, and concert halls.
Through the Flint Initiative Grant, they embarked on their first tour in January 2018, performing, holding workshops, and working with renowned creative string musicians. As teachers, they encourage their students to develop strong ears, to learn and compose away from the page, and to explore trust and creativity in ensemble playing. They have worked with such musicians as Chris Thile, Alex Hargreaves, Cedric Easton, Christian Howes, Jamey Haddad, Camila Meza and Fabian Almazan and were awarded the String Quartet Fellowship at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in August 2019. That same summer, they recorded their first album entitled Three Lefts Make a Right which is set to be released in spring 2020