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æolus quartet
Nicholas Tavani
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Allow me to start out by listing some problems with living in Manhattan:

1. Levain Bakery. It is 2 blocks from my apartment, and this is a problem. The raspberry bomboloncini I got this morning... I just can't.
2. There is a chicken and waffles place literally behind my building
3. I keep getting on the wrong trains and ending up in the Bronx (this one is an actual problem)
4. There are so many wonderful musicians and friends on this tiny island, I feel like my heart might burst at any moment!!

We kicked off our residency at Juilliard and the start of a new academic year with a performance at Convocation, followed by a lavish picnic at Lincoln Center's lovely hyperbolic paraboloid (see below)
We could not be more excited about our Juilliard residency, which includes coachings with the members of the beloved Juilliard String Quartet, as well as the opportunity to help lead the undergraduate String Quartet Survey course and to coach undergraduate chamber ensembles.

Also thrilling is our new snazzy website, which you no doubt have already stumbled upon if you are reading this blog. Our old site served us well and was in fact kind of a miracle, as Nick and Greg actually taught themselves how to code and just built the thing themselves in Aspen. But it's time to move on, and I hope you enjoy the new scrolly homepage as much as I do. Please do drop by our schedule page, we are playing shows in

Washington DC
Sarasota, FL
NYC
Richmond, VA
Reading, PA
South Bend, IN
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Mt. Vernon, OH
Colorado Springs
Artesia, NM
Hickory, NC
San Francisco, CA
Grand Rapids, MN
Vancouver, BC
Bolivar, MO
Stanford, CA
Winchester, VA

...just to throw some places out there. If we are in your town, let us know! We're probably just hanging out in a tiny elevator all together like this one at Washington DC's Cosmos Club, waiting to hang out with you-

Before I go, our friend Sara from the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford wrote this great article on the program we've attended for three years and counting. Check it out and also enjoy this photo of SLSQ's Geoff Nuttall coaching Nick on his hairstyle:

4 years ago |
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I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention our most exciting news of all, which is that we will be serving as the new Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School this fall! We are incredibly honored to be following in the footsteps of so many quartets before us. We are also incredibly homeless come late August, so if anyone needs a roommate let us know ;)
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To excerpt a recent email from our dear friend and mentor, Martha Hilley -

"I know you have done things in 2013 so update your blog ! ! !"

Wise, wise words. Prof. Hilley is incidentally the reason this blog exists in the first place, as a spin-off project from a music business class years ago at UT. So when she says to update the blog, we update the blog!

We're happily back in UT territory for the rest of July, serving as Quartet in Residence at the Austin Chamber Music Center. Here's a silly video of Greg and me chatting with ACMC's lovely Michelle Schumann about the upcoming workshop, and life:

CHATS


And in case you missed us somehow this morning on KUTX with the amazing human that is John Aielli, as well as lovely Michelle again, here we are playing some tunes on the radio:

TUNES

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So as Hurricane Sandy and possibly the end of the world approaches, I find myself in a reflective mood. I believe it was while standing in a line a mile long at the grocery store, trying to buy some laundry detergent, hemmed in by panicked shoppers stockpiling flashlights and dry goods, that I first considered I may not be taking this storm seriously enough. Having just returned from a glorious week of concerts and educational performances at middle and high schools in the Tacoma/Seattle area, my jetlagged and outreach-oriented mind has not yet switched to hurricane survival mode. We played for over 1500 students during our stay in Washington, generally at shockingly early times in the morning (who knew that high school started at 7:15am?!) Check out this clip, generously filmed by Brian Fox of the Puyallup School District, to get an idea of early morning Aeolus and our awesome audiences -





But outreach isn't all we've been up to in the past few weeks. We also took a quick jaunt to Germany, where we had delicious food and beer and got to play in the Laeiszhalle at Johannes-Brahms-Platz (pictured below).


And back in DC, we had one of our more surreal experiences as we found ourselves taking the stage directly after a speech by Joe Biden. We got the picture pretty quickly upon the realization that the entire backstage area was surrounded by Secret Service. Here's Greg musing over the speech in the wings -


But anyway I've just been informed that it may be prudent to fill up the tub in the event of manual toilet flushing. Manual toilet flushing??? Oh man. Stay safe east coast loved ones!
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And also this picture, because it is amazing. Lesley Robertson of the SLSQ generously gave us a mini private screening of old string quartet videos, and we were delighted to catch this shot of our hero, Joel Krosnick!!!

I also find it necessary to add this photo of us with another hero, Professor Parker of the Gryphon Trio! Please check out his critically acclaimed series of instructional videos on Facebook, particularly if you are a violist :)

I know I said this was just going to be a video, but the kids participating in Stanford University's Educational Programs for Gifted Youth were so awesome. We feel honored to have been given the opportunity to get to know these guys - performing for them, discussing music with them, or just hanging out. At our last session with the EPGY guys, they each wrote their own short string quartet -and we read through all 2.5 hours of them :) here we are with Alan squared:

A huge thank you to the St. Lawrence Quartet for putting together an incredibly inspiring seminar, to Heidi Lee for organizing absolutely everything and taking us to all the best places to eat in the Bay Area, and Anna Wittstruck and the EPGY kids for being awesome.

aaaaaand the video: