This week at Gaia Java: The Crumble String Quartet

First of all you might be interested to learn that last Friday’s artists (Acacia Lyra and Friends) went on to do a refugee benefit concert the next day and raised close to $10,000! Great Job!

Back in the 1700s Leopold Mozart would yell at his kids “Wolfie, stop composing and get over here with that cello, and Nannerl, fetch the apprentice and bring your violins – we are going to make some Night Music!” because the didn’t have a ghetto blaster and the cable channels in Salzburg were lousy. That was how you got your music in those days. Similarly, during the coal-miners’ strikes when the electricity went off in Northern England in the 1960s, Ringo Starr would pull out his viola and with the other Beatles they would work on songs like “Yesterday”, and “Eleanor Rigby”.

So this week in Gaia Java we have the treat of the same kind of portable music – horsehair, wood and catgut in the hands of skillful musicians such as Margot, Julia, Mary and Catherine reveals the wonders of harmony that can enchant and relax the listener. Come and pretend you are in a Vienna coffeeshop or a Liverpool garage as you listen to a wide range of music for a string quartet, perhaps including pop tunes with visiting singers if all goes well!

Part of the wonder of music nights at Gaia Java is the eclectic range we get to present – from jazz, pop, and folk all the way to the accessible classics – all thanks to the talents of the wonderful musicians who enjoy coming in to entertain us.

In case you don’t know the story, the ladies of the Crumble Quartet named their ensemble after a favourite dessert that seems to feature overly regularly at their rehearsals. When they are not eating slices of crumble pie they also play with a larger group called “The Strings of St Johns”, with which they will be presenting a “Christmas Gloria” concert on Dec. 5th and 13th. More details at:

The Crumble String Quartet is at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street on Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm.


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