INTERVIEW: Sybarite5 Offers A Strange, Alluring Opening To Fontana Fest (WMUK)

Sarah Whitney and Angela Pickett are two members of Sybarite5 (pronounced SIB-uh-right five), a string quintet with a modern, global sensibility. The group performs tonight in the Dalton Center Recital Hall in Kalamazoo, opening of the Fontana Summer Music Festival.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Whitney and Pickett explain that the quintet was originally the brainchild of bassist Louis Levitt, who brought them all together at the Aspen Music Festival many years ago. In 2011, Sybarite5 was awarded the top prize at the Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York. Their newest album, Outliers, was recorded last month and will be released later this year. Tonight’s concert will feature new works from the album, mostly written especially for Sybarite5.

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Setlist 07/19/16 Traverse City, MI

Look back move forward


The Rebel
- Piotr Szewczyk
Black Bend – Dan Visconti
Dixie Twang - Dan Visconti
Pedal to the Metal- Dan Visconti
Komitas – Two Armenian Folk Songs
Weird Fishes – Radiohead
No Surprises – Radiohead (Arr. Syb5)
Paranoid Android – Radiohead

Muquddameh- Mohamed Fairouz
Kompa for Toussaint — Daniel Bernard Roumain
Allemande pour Tout le Monde – Kenji Bunch
Yann’s Flight — Shawn Conley
Escualo – Astor Piazzolla (arr. Bragato/syb5)
Milonga del Angel Piazzolla – (arr. Bragato/syb5)
Muerte del Angel Piazzolla (arr. Bragato/syb5)

Encore* Take on My Bumble Bee”  — (A-ha/Korsakov arr. Kim)

Setlist 07/18/16 Kalamazoo, MI

The Rebel - Piotr Szewczyk
Black Bend – Dan Visconti
Weird Fishes – Radiohead
Komitas – Two Armenian Folk Songs
Allemande pour Tout le Monde – Kenji Bunch
Milonga del Angel Piazzolla – (arr. Bragato/syb5)
Muerte del Angel Piazzolla (arr. Bragato/syb5)

Getting Home (…I must be)- Jessica Meyer
Paranoid Android – Radiohead
Yann’s Flight- Shawn Conley
Revolve – Andy Akiho
Elegy – Edward Elgar
Turceasca- Taraf de Haidouks (arr Matt Van Brink)

Encore* Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin (Arr John Reed/ Syb5)