String quartet improvised a live soundtrack to last night’s presidential debate

Posted on: October 20, 2016

“What did the final U.S. Presidential debate 2016 need? Glissandi, pizzicato and a healthy dose of tremolo, according to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” writes Kyle Macdonald in Thursday’s (10/20) Classic FM site (United Kingdom). “As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took to their podiums in Las Vegas, U.S. string quartet PUBLIQuartet had their instruments ready and improvised a 90-minute soundtrack to the lines of the candidates, titled Requiem for a Debate.” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert streamed the PUBLIQuartet’s performance on FacebookLive. Members of the New York City-based group are Curtis Stewart (violin), Jannina Norpoth (violin), Nick Revel (viola), and Amanda Gookin (cello). PUBLIQuartet was profiled in the Winter 2015 issue of Symphony magazine.  

Posted October 20, 2016