In 2004 I met cellist April Guthrie at CalArts and within that year we started a contemporary viola and cello duo.
Guthrie & Streb is a Los Angeles based music ensemble committed to the performance of new and experimental works by living composers and the cross-pollination of art disciplines through collaboration. Since 2005, cellist April Guthrie and violist Cassia Streb have commissioned over 50 works for their string duo. The ensemble has worked with James Tenney, Wadada Leo Smith, Georges Aperghis, Vinny Golia, Michael Pisaro as well as many other composers. In addition to working with established artists, Guthrie & Streb commission emerging composers who are passionate about the collaborative process of creating new music.
Guthrie & Streb believes that contemporary music needs to be presented in new ways and as such is committed to the composition and realization of new works. Our events are programmed to create a cohesive show where the listener is invited to hear the pieces as a complete album with a universal musical arc alongside the smaller musical gestures. The ensemble is dedicated to creating a musical community where musicians, in all of their capacities; performance, composition, improvisation and electronics etc, encourage one another to innovate and help them realize their ideas.
Guthrie & Streb recently completed a collaboration with filmmaker Madison Brookshire and sound artist Michael Pisaro. Their project, Transparent Cities, was presented through a residency at the Hammer Museum. The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
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