Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Sep 17th 2009 to Sep 21st 2009
  • FROM : USA

Formed in 2003, Los Angeles-based SONUS QUARTET is forging a path to a new definition of the classical string quartet. Their unconventional approach weaves effortlessly between musical styles like classical, pop, rock, funk, folk, and hip-hop, as well as fusing these styles together in concert and in original arrangements.

On the classical front, Sonus has performed in prestigious concert halls, from appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour in Walt Disney Concert Hall, to a New York debut in Lincoln Center's Paul Hall. They trained with the world-renowned Juilliard Quartet, performed alongside the Alexander Quartet, and completed a chamber music residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. Their recording of Bernard Herrman’s ‘Echos’ quartet is broadcast regularly on KCSN FM radio.

Sonus is equally in demand in LA's popular music scene. Their performances include The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and Dhani Harrison, live performances with Sting, Jay-Z, Jewel, K.D. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, and Jeff Beck, to name a few, as well as appearances on The Grammy's, The AMA's, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and The Megan Mullaly Show. In the recording industry, Sonus has worked with producers Patrick Leonard, Dangermouse, T-Bone Burnett, David Foster, Lester Mendez, Bob Ezrin, and Bill Bottrell and are featured on recent albums from Skye Edwards, Annie Stela, Natasha Beddingfield, Toby Lightman, 30 Seconds to Mars, Van Hunt, Martina Topley-Bird, and upcoming albums from John Frusciante, Joker's Daughter and Sparklehorse. Sonus recently recorded movie scores written specifically for them by composers Jeff Rona, Double G (Geoff Gallegos), and Clint Mansell.

One of the things that sets Sonus apart from other string quartets is the active role they play in writing and arranging their own music. Sonus wrote original arrangements for their versions of 'Zigeunerweisen' and 'Within You, Without You' as well as many other classical and non-classical pieces they have performed live and recorded. They also often write for the artists they record with, most recently having arrangements featured on Van Hunt's 'On The Jungle Floor' and Martina Topley-Bird's 'The Blue God.'

As well as playing in the quartet, the members of Sonus each have active individual recording and performance careers, both in L.A. and abroad. Individually they have performed alongside such legends as Henri Mancini, Prince, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. They are all members of the L.A. based hip-hop orchestra daKAH, and with them have had the opportunity to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, South by Southwest, and The Playboy Jazz Festival.

Sonus performs often in L.A., with shows including a variety of repertoire from Shostakovich to The Cure. They also regularly back other artists, like Justin Clayton and Annie Stela, in live shows, and recently finished touring with Gnarls Barkley. They are currently in pre-production on their debut album...