invoke: American Postcards
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Invoke, a bowed and fretted string quartet based in Austin, Texas, won USC’s 2016 Savvy Chamber Competition with a mesmerizing program inspired by roots music that combined instrumental music, poetry and song. Their Southern Exposure show highlights the group’s distinctive versatility – they augment the traditional string quartet with banjo, mandolin, and voice – with the world premiere of four new works written for the ensemble by some of America’s most exciting young composers: Ian Dicke, David Kirkland Garner, Takuma Itoh and Steven Snowden. Each piece draws on a specific time and place in the USA for inspiration and includes visuals related to historical photographs.