“Robust, finely blended ensemble playing, rhythmic alertness and a fearless willingness to take on a wide range of contemporary repertoire” – San Francisco Gate
“All in all, I have no choice but to consider this a potential Recording of the Year.” – Music Web International
The Zia Indians’ ancient symbol for the sacred sun, with arms radiating outward in four directions – north, south, east and west – captures the adventurous spirit and global perspective of this album. Released by GRAMMY® Award-winning Sono Luminus Records in Februrary 2013, ZIA showcases fascinating contemporary works with influences from Peru, Turkey, Spain, Iran and Uzbekistan.
The five composers represented on the album – Gabriela Lena Frank, Lou Harrison, Reza Vali, Jose Evangelista and Elena Kats-Chernin – all trained in the Western European tradition, reach back to ancient and traditional folk music sources and cultures in creating vibrant new music for string quartet.