Hard at work...

We're hard at work on a number of new projects that we're excited to share with you in the coming months. But before we do that, we'd like to extend a special thanks to all those who attended our CD release concert and celebration on April 15. Thanks to you, the event was a rousing success and word is spreading about our new release! We couldn't do it without our wonderful NYC support system and of course the wonderful staff of the cell. As it happened, that week also included another red-letter day: our own Angela Pickett's lecture recital! Given in partial fulfillment of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, the event featured a lecture by Angela about the evolution if the double bass and its role in chamber music, followed by a sampler performance of our unique repertoire. We look forward to officially dubbing her "Dr. Pickett" when she graduates in a few weeks!So now, looking to the future: We are very lucky to be working with the supremely talented guitarist and composer Joao Luiz, and will be giving the premiere of his "Urbano" at the Look and Listen festival on May 19. the piece is inspired by samba and the rhythms of his native Brazil, and in addition to learning the piece, we've been enjoying listening to lots Brazillian music to familiarize ourselves with the style! At Look and Listen, we are honored to be sharing a bill with such diatinguished ensembles as the JACK and Momenta quartets, as well as several outstanding soloists. Check out our mention in the New Yorker here. We're also getting really excited about our last NYC appearance of the season, at a brand new underground venue called SubCulture. This venue is so new, in fact, that it hasn't even opened yet! Please come be a part of the birth of a new venue with us on June 8. Also if you happen to live over the river and through the woods (or just over the river...), we'll be making two appearances in New Jersey in Weehawken and Freehold! Check our tour page for details. Thanks for reading and for your continued support! Until next time, SYB5

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