ZigZag Quartet

ZigZag Quartet

 New York, New York, USA
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This unique ensemble, with Alexander Wu (piano), Francisco Roldan (guitar), Hilliard Greene (double bass), and Danny Mallon (percussion), zigzags through countries, time periods, dance styles and musical genres --from flamenco to jazz to works written just for them -- with originality, fine musicianship and a mix that includes solos, duos and trios that showcases the artistry of each instrumentalist.

Biography

“The disc by the ZigZag Quartet is a composed jazz - jazz chamber music that shows a high degree of musical cohesion among the players.”Al Kunze, Soundboard Review

"I enjoyed very much the performance of the ZigZag Quartet, their originality and their musicianship"
Mark Peskanov, Bargemusic Artistic Director

"I admire their musicianship..."
Michael Lawrence, Director of Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center

“[N]otable for the group’s range--from classical to jazz to Brazilian samba…”
The New York Times

About ZigZag Quartet

This unique ensemble, formed in 2006, with members Francisco Roldán (guitar), Alexander A. Wu (piano), Hilliard Greene (double bass) and Danny Mallon (percussion) zigzags through countries, time periods and dance styles: from flamenco, early bossa novas, modern Argentine tangos and Caribbean dances to the jazz classics, world traditions and commissioned works written for the quartet. In addition, a mix of solos, duos and trios showcase the artistry of each instrumentalist.  In December 2009, the ZigZag Quartet made its Lincoln Center debut in the new David Rubenstein Atrium. The quartet received accolades for its attractive acoustic blend, versatility and visually entertaining performance.

ZigZag Quartet has performed extensively, including concerts at Walter Reade Theater, Stanley Kaplan Penthouse and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Mannes College Guitar Festival, New Jersey City University, Bargemusic, Bryant Park, Trinity Church in Wall Street, Saint Peter's Church in the Citigroup Center, Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Square for their CD signing and dozens of performances at community libraries, museums, churches and educational institutions.

ZigZag Quartet's immediate appeal and success has caught the attention of Lincoln Center and consequently the group performed a series of six concerts with dancers as part of the, 'Meet the Artists' 2010-2011 at Lincoln Center's public school educational outreach program. ZigZag Quartet’s self-titled CD was launched in summer 2010 at the Mannes College of Music Auditorium and at Bargemusic's Jazz and more' series. Some concert engagements for 2012 include performances at Winterfest Jazz on the Vine and Hofstra University in Long Island, NY and the Puffin Gallery Foundation in Teaneck, New Jersey. The quartet is constantly expanding its repertoire, with more original music by contemporary composers, and in March ZigZag will premiere five new works written and commissioned for the group by composers in residence 'Music under Construction' at the Mannes College of Music-The New School. In parallel, the group is working on new recordings.


About the Artists

Colombian-born guitarist Francisco Roldán has performed in Russia, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Paraguay and throughout the United States. He has four recordings, all of which are available and can be heard at cdbaby.com. His last release, Interweaving, with soprano Gretchen Farrar, was this fall. Francisco is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions and at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Pianist and Yamaha Performing Artist Alexander Wu performs in Asia, Europe, South America and the U.S. as both a soloist and chamber player. Recently he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Alexander released his debut solo CD, Rhythm Road across the Americas at Barnes & Noble and launched his CD at Lincoln Center. He will perform music from it in select cities in the U.S. Alexander has served on the faculty at the City College at C.U.N.Y.

Bassist Hilliard Greene has been performing music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. He studied at the University of Northern Iowa and Berklee College of Music. Hill performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott, serving as his Musical Director and with Cecil Taylor, where he was Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City.

Percussionist Danny Mallon was inspired to play drums when he saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show.  Since then this passion has taken him around the world, playing many styles of music.  He has travelled each year since 2010 as a musical ambassador for the U.S. Dept. of State, bringing American music around the world, including this summer in Belarus.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, soundtracks, radio and TV spots. He has recently performed with the symphony orchestras of Moscow, St. Louis, San Diego, New Jersey, Phoenix, Forth Worth, Winnipeg, Calgary and Spokane.

Discography

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