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As performers, teachers, and orchestral collaborators, this widely acclaimed string quartet advances diversity in classical music while bringing excitement to repertoire ranging from Ravel and Haydn to Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea.

"The Harlem Quartet played with panache."

—Vivian Schweitzer, The New York Times

Posted: Dec-20-2012
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Harlem Quartet's artistic compatibility with Aldo López-Gavilán, brother of the quartet’s first violinist Ilmar Gavilán, goes beyond genetics. Since his orchestral debut at age twelve in his native Cuba, Aldo has dazzled audiences with his stupendous virtuosity in the classical repertoire—including multiple appearances with conductor Claudio Abbado—while sustaining a phenomenal jazz career as a pianist and composer. As a classical ensemble Harlem Quartet has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious classical venues and collaborated with such jazz legends as Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Stanley Clarke. 

Posted: Jun-28-2015
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Based on a one-page story by Ambrose Bierce, the difficulty of crossing a field is a joint collaboration in musical theater between composer David Lang and playwright Mac Wellman that recounts, in the words of a recent New York Times performance review, “a strange disappearance and what the neighbors have to say about it.”

Mixing arias with spoken text and emotional melodies with tense drama, the story takes place in 1854 near Selma, Alabama, where a planter named Williamson has vanished without a trace while crossing a field. The original production was staged in March 2002 at the Theater Artaud in San Francisco, starring Julia Migenes as the wife of Williamson, and Tony-award winning singer Anika Noni Rose as the leader of the slave chorus, with music performed onstage by the Kronos Quartet.

This recording of the difficulty of crossing a field was tracked and produced by Lawson White, in partnership with Beth Morrison Projects, and features the Harlem String Quartet and an A-list of of New York City’s established and emerging talent in opera and theater, including Beverly O’Regan Thiele, Laquita Mitchell and Jay O. Sanders.

Posted: Jun-9-2015
Latest Acclaim

A rare glimpse of Cuban pan-musicality is on view this weekend as the López-Gavilán brothers — pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar, with the Harlem Quartet — make their West Coast debut in a program of jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music for piano and string quartet.

— The Seattle Times
Posted: Mar-12-2015
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Posted: Jul-2-2015