|ThrumiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page|
|1.||Ghetto Strings: I. Harlem||06:38||$0.99|
|2.||Ghetto Strings: II. Liberty City||05:30||$0.99|
|3.||Ghetto Strings: III. Motor City||06:48||$0.99|
|4.||Ghetto Strings: IV. Haiti||04:53||$0.99|
|5.||Thrum: I. Simply, with Feeling||05:54||$0.99|
|6.||Thrum: II. Broad and Unhurried||06:25||$0.99|
|7.||Thrum: III. With Easy Movement||05:03||$0.99|
|8.||Cinama Castaneda: I. What the Train Remembered||01:29||$0.99|
|9.||Cinama Castaneda: II. Brujo||02:30||$0.99|
|10.||Cinama Castaneda: III. Chuck to Now||00:46||$0.99|
|11.||Cinama Castaneda: IV. Strange Days||01:55||$0.99|
|12.||Cinama Castaneda: V. Seeping Borders I||01:32||$0.99|
|13.||Cinama Castaneda: VI. Apologies||00:34||$0.99|
|14.||Cinama Castaneda: VII. Dying Cowboy||01:41||$0.99|
|15.||Cinama Castaneda: VIII. Seeping Borders II||00:50||$0.99|
|16.||Cinama Castaneda: IX. Con Dios||01:28||$0.99|
|17.||Cinama Castaneda: X. Second Coming||01:56||$0.99|
|18.||Guangxi Impression: I. Tiaodan Dance||02:56||$0.99|
|19.||Guangxi Impression: II. Summer Cicada||06:18||$0.99|
|20.||Guangxi Impression: III. Celebrating the Harvest||02:09||$0.99|
Since the release of their debut album of compositions written for the group in 1996, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet have established themselves as master arrangers and interpreters of music from a staggeringly broad range of genres and time periods. With their fifth release, Thrum, the ensemble returns to their roots with four world premiere recordings of compositions written for the MGQ in the last decade.
Over the course of four high-octane movements, Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Ghetto Strings explores rhythms and resonances drawn from the vibrant places—Detroit, New York, and his native Haiti—where Roumain [DBR] has lived, while David Evan Thomas’ Thrum plumbs the more delicate depths of the nylon-string guitar’s expressive possibilities from an outsider’s perspective, working with the ensemble both as one giant 24-string instrument and as a vehicle for individual virtuosity.
Cinema Castaneda, by Van Stiefel, imagines the quartet as a group of Western ranchers gathered around a campfire at night, trading music and stories, evoking the guitar as instrument of the road. Gao Hong’s Guanxi Impression pairs the classical guitar with Gao’s Chinese pipa (pear-shaped lute) to bring to life a wealth of percussive and melodic approaches that seamlessly blend diverse traditions.
Called "flawless, musical and witty" by Classical Guitar Magazine, UK, the MGQ performs throughout the US both in recital and with orchestra, balancing a dizzying array of first-rate repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romantic, to highly imaginative existing and newly commissioned contemporary works. The MGQ has been heard on the nationally syndicated Saint Paul Sunday and National Public Radio's Performance Today, and released four previous CDs on the Albany and GSP labels. Members of the quartet are Joseph Hagedorn, Ben Gateño, Wade Oden, Steven Newbrough.
“Music just about good enough to eat…a wonderful ensemble.” – Bill McGlaughlin, Saint Paul Sunday
“…one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” – Soundboard Magazine
"…more than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group. They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance." – Daniel Bernard Roumain