Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical”, bowed and fretted string quartet Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these traditions together to create truly unique contemporary string quartet repertoire, written by and for the group.
Currently Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, Invoke has also been selected as Artists in Residence at Strathmore, the Emerging Young Artist Quartet at Interlochen, and the Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts. In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition, and was chosen as Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Invoke has shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed chamber groups in the country, including the Enso Quartet and the U.S. Army Field Band. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, Invoke has appeared with musicians from genres at complete opposite ends of the spectrum – from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to indie sensation Never Shout Never, to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.
Invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud” features original works composed by and for the group, as well as a historic recording of a haunting traditional English ballad and two compositions by prolific American composer Danny Clay. In addition to “Souls in the Mud”, Invoke has performed and recorded numerous world premieres, including works by Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Armando Bayolo, and Geoff Sheil . The quartet’s recording credits appear on bassist/composer Ethan Foote’s solo album “Fields Burning”, singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin’s “Spirit House”, jazz/soul singer Rochelle Rice’s EP “Wonder”, and more.