Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Asylum Quartet

Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York) and "evocative, educational, and refreshing" concerts (Newport Daily News, Rhode Island), the Asylum Quartet’s repertoire spans traditional, contemporary and globally-minded works.

The four saxophonists met in 2011 as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and adopted their name from Asylum Hill, the storied Hartford neighborhood. In the mid-nineteenth century, this area was an important commercial, political, and cultural capital where literary figures such as Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe made their home. Today, the quartet pays tribute to the cultural vitality of Asylum Hill through efforts to engage and captivate diverse audiences and contribute to the vibrancy of its home city. The Asylum Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at Hartford’s Christ Church Cathedral, bringing a second season of free community concerts in downtown Hartford through 2016. In partnership with Hartford Performs, the quartet provides educational music programming to students in Hartford and beyond.

Recent highlights include a showcase performance at the 2015 Chamber Music America Conference in New York City, a six-day residency with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, as well as a full season of concerts, workshops, and masterclasses in southeastern Connecticut public schools as 2014-2015 Musical Masterworks Resident Ensemble. The quartet has performed at the Boston Athaeneum, the Newport Music Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and has been a featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live, WWUH's The 20th Century Limited, WNMC's Morning Jazz, and WCRI's Festival Series. Asylum received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.

The quartet has collaborated closely with a number of diverse composers including Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Erberk EryilmazPolina NazaykinskayaAlan ThomasRob Curto and Ryan Jesperson. Additionally, the quartet launched its first Call for Scores Competition in 2014 as part of its efforts to curate new works from fresh, compelling voices.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Joseph
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Mailing Address: 
26 Girard Avenue
#210
Hartford, CT 06105
Physical Address: 
26 Girard Avenue #210
Hartford, CT 06105
Last Name: 
Abad
Phone: 
(510) 589-9520

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Chamber
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - New
Year Founded: 
2012
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Chamber Music America
Awards: 
Grand prize winners - International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
None
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
4
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,000