The Mosaic Quartet
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The Mosaic Quartet

San Diego, California, United States | SELF

San Diego, California, United States | SELF
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"These works can sound like musical illustrations in other hands, but Tierra avoided the usual sound effects to conjure abstract bliss…"

"This astounding piece needs a player who can deliver everything from celeste-like tinkling to rhythmic bombs. Tierra did it all with unerring musicality." - Chris Waddington, The Times-Picaynne New Orleans


"Tierra from the get go was performing like a seasoned artist. His playing was so natural you tended to forget he was performing as you were being drawn deeper and deeper in to the music.

It was significant that during the gentler moments of this piece the audience was extremely quiet. You could hear no rustling of programs or shuffling of feet because people were listening so intensely. An audience can applaud very politely, but this degree of silence was a tribute to how Tierra gave us more substance than we normally hear in this work, and the audience responded accordingly.

During his performance, he involved us so completely in the music (Brahms Paganini Variations), the considerable technical difficulties almost went unnoticed. Of course we can never understate the inherent difficulties in this work, but Tierra's mastery was so complete, it almost seemed easy. This was simply one of the best performances of this work I have ever heard." - Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review


"Tierra from the get go was performing like a seasoned artist. His playing was so natural you tended to forget he was performing as you were being drawn deeper and deeper in to the music.

It was significant that during the gentler moments of this piece the audience was extremely quiet. You could hear no rustling of programs or shuffling of feet because people were listening so intensely. An audience can applaud very politely, but this degree of silence was a tribute to how Tierra gave us more substance than we normally hear in this work, and the audience responded accordingly.

During his performance, he involved us so completely in the music (Brahms Paganini Variations), the considerable technical difficulties almost went unnoticed. Of course we can never understate the inherent difficulties in this work, but Tierra's mastery was so complete, it almost seemed easy. This was simply one of the best performances of this work I have ever heard." - Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review


"With three concert pianists in this indie rock band, you’d be right to expect something special and the Mosaic Quartet delivers. Musicians who relocated to San Diego specifically to form a band – two from Ohio, one from Boston, the Mosaic Quartet has recorded nine radio friendly tracks, opening with a killer cinematic piece, “City Walls,” showcasing an eclectic sound tied together by wonderful melodies. The clear single is “Undone,” which echoes both eighties post punk sensibilities and dance rhythms ala latter day Depeche Mode, but there’s also the modern rocker, “Rush=(Superhero)4” - topped with sterling production, this one’s made to play loud. Color Me In is a solid debut, made better by the fact that there is nothing cookie cutter about these songs. Rock to ballad, swirling piano to rock beats, this is an album that invites listening, with more to discover with each play.

Produced by Alicia Champion"

-Bart Mendoza, Contributing Writer, San Diego Reader and San Diego Troubadour - San Diego Troubadour


"Excellent musicianship. Great vocals."
- Moody Blues


"...The Mosaic Quartet combines intelligent songwriting with today’s “pop” sensibilities while creating a musical soundscape that engages and captivates the listener. An oxymoron I know, combining intelligence and pop, but it works for these guys! When listening to their songs, expect and embrace the many layers and textures!" - www.dailyunsigned.com


"...The Mosaic Quartet combines intelligent songwriting with today’s “pop” sensibilities while creating a musical soundscape that engages and captivates the listener. An oxymoron I know, combining intelligence and pop, but it works for these guys! When listening to their songs, expect and embrace the many layers and textures!" - www.dailyunsigned.com


Discography

Color Me In - EP (Released 10/14/11)
M4 Live with T-Bone (Recorded April, 2012 -- Unreleased)

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The Mosaic Quartet, created in 2011, is an alternative rock band from San Diego, California. JB—Vocals/Guitar, Chetan—Piano, Melissa—Bass/Vocals (all classically trained pianists) and Pat—Drums, highlight the piano as the central role in their sound. Chetan spins virtuosic piano riffs alongside celestial guitar scapes and pads, a driving rhythm section, and JB’s sincere, catchy vocals. They site their primary influences as Radiohead, Muse, and Coldplay, but they take pride in having a sound that’s all their own.

Just this past April, M4 had the chance to record with legendary producer T-Bone Burnett. This live session gave birth to two tracks performed in his new recording studio at The Village in Santa Monica. It features the dance pop inspired ‘Let’s Go Out’ and the tempestuous ballad ‘Waterfalls.’

JB and Chetan first met in 2005 at music school in Cleveland, OH. A handful of songs were written and chemistry was there, however, they parted ways for 5 years while JB honed his songwriting and vocal abilities to a growing fan base in Boston and Chetan continued his career at the piano gaining success in the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. In 2010 they recruited Melissa, who was finishing up her graduate studies in piano, to move to San Diego and start the band. Once in town, they hooked up with Pat who had spent years developing his rhythmic style through jazz and jam band influences