Electric String Quartet
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Electric String Quartet

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States | SELF

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States | SELF
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"A hands-on music and marketing experience at SXSW"

David Sutton plays an electric, five-string violin and is a junior studying violin performance at McNally Smith. His latest album “The Vertical Horizon” will be released in June. Sutton was recruited to McNally Smith as a high school student by his current mentor Randy Sabien at a similar outreach event.

“He was the first one to show me how to be something more than just a classical violinist. Then, four or five years later, here I am learning from the same guy. It was always my dream to do the same thing eventually,” Sutton said. - USA Today


Dawn to Dusk - EP recorded by frontman David Gerald Sutton. All instrumentation was created by David with his 5 string electric violin and nothing else. Released in July of 2012.

The Vertical Horizon - Coming May 2012. A concept album about Alzheimer's. A listeners experience of what people are going through during dementia. A full length album with all members to try and make a difference in this world and rekindle a charge to cure Alzheimer's.



In the last hundred years, there have been few influential violinists that can compare to Stephane
Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty and Mark Wood. They helped reshape the boundaries of what a classical
instrument can do and play. No one has truly used the violin, much less a five string electric violin
quite like them until now.

Electric String Quartet (ESQ) is a solo/quartet experience out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. They perform
using live recording techniques to create a electro-cinematic rock sound unlike any other. Frontman
and electric violinist David Gerald Sutton can become anything from a steel drum, synth or
cello/bass and record or ‘loop’ the tracks together to create catchy riffs and rich soundscapes. Add
guitarist Michael Schumacher with his own wide variety of sonic soundscapes, Ryan Janssen
supporting the low end on bass and the aggressive drumming style of Corey Fitzgerald and you have
a four person band sounding like fifty people playing music you would hear in movie soundtracks.
With everything in it‘s place, David flows over the top with soaring violin leads and melodies that
tie the whole ensemble together.

The orchestra has been modernized and ESQ is leading the charge with insane live looping,
movie-inspired backdrops and a high-end show that will show you a whole new role for the violin
in popular music.