A classical string quartet that rocks? Yes! Carpe Diem String Quartet is quickly becoming the premier American indie string quartet. The group's musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz inspired music, but the quartet is equally at home with the traditional string quartet repertoire. Ongoing collaborations which showcase Carpe Diem's outside-the-box programming include concerts with Graeme Boone, banjo; Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena, bandoneon; and Willy Porter, guitarist and songwriter. Their innovative school and outreach programs even make use of video game songs, and TV and movie theme music such as The Simpsons. Carpe Diem is one of the only ensembles that regularly perform music written and/or arranged by members of the quartet. From Pink Floyd to Beethoven, CDSQ is pushing the boundaries of string quartet literature.
Carpe Diem has recorded 4 CDs for Naxos, and their Taneyev String Quartets disc was selected for the 2009 Grammy Awards Entry List in no fewer than four categories: Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best New Artist, and Best Engineered Album-Classical. The quartet recently recorded music written by CDSQ violist Korine Fujiwara, Fiddle Suite Montana and Entangled Banks. This disc will be released in 2010.