Quartet Davis is a genre-bending string quartet from Oberlin Conservatory dedicated to exploring a wide range of musical traditions. Unified in their commitment to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the quartet embeds improvisation into original pieces and arrangements of traditional and contemporary works.
While each member comes from a different musical background, they ultimately integrate their fluency across a range of musical styles with a strong foundation in ensemble work. The styles they have explored as an ensemble include jazz, blues, R&B, bluegrass, bossa nova and traditional Nordic folk music.
The quartet formed shortly before embarking on a U.S. Embassy-sponsored tour of Amman, Jordan in January 2017 where they performed with the Jordan Orchestra and taught lessons and workshops at local schools. Since then, their infectious enthusiasm and creativity has captivated audiences from living rooms to concert halls. The quartet enjoys collaborating with other musicians and composers, and recently had the honor of performing Fabian Almazan’s Alcanza suite with Almazan’s jazz quartet Rhizome (Linda May-Han Oh, Camila Meza and Henry Cole). They have also had the chance to study with musicians such as Chris Thile, Christian Howes, and Jamey Haddad. All experienced in teaching and outreach, Quartet Davis is eager to explore musical possibilities with young students and envisions a future where string players will be fluent across a range of musical idioms.