Friction Quartet

Ensemble


Based in Oakland and San Francisco
String quartet
@Frictionquartet
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26 Played at 26 groupmuses!

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Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “exquisitely skilled” (ZealNYC), exists to exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”

Friction gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop in 2016, and returned in 2018 to perform Black Angels as part of "The '60s" festival. They were the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter-finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition.

They have held residencies at New Music for Strings Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, The Center for New Music, The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and more.

Traditional Repertoire

21st century:

Thomas Ades - The Four Quarters

Anne Sophie Andersen - String Quartet No. 1

Marc Mellits - Tapas

Loren Loiacono - Besides

Sky Macklay - Many Many Cadences

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20th century:

Benjamin Britten - String Quartet No. 2

Leoš Janáček - String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"

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earlier music:

Ludwig van Beethoven​ - Op. 133 Große Fuge

Antonín Dvořák - String Quartet No. 12 "American"

Joseph Haydn - Op. 76, No.1

Bedřich Smetana - String Quartet No. 1 "From My Life"

Bedřich Smetana - String Quartet No. 2

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covers:

Prince - Little Red Corvette

Porter Robinson - Spitfire

Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Justin Bieber + Jack U - Where are Ü Now

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

Radiohead - Exit Music (for a film)

Britney Spears - Toxic

Videos

Audio

Performed groupmuses (26)

It's a Friction Picnic!

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 4:30 PM
  • North Oakland Oakland, CA

This groupmuse happened 7 months ago

ART and SOUND , Part VIII

  • Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 6:30 PM
  • SoMa, SF

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Art and Sounds, Part VI

  • Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 6:30 PM
  • SoMa, SF

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Winter Sunset Groupmuse with Friction Quartet

  • Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:45 PM
  • Chinatown, Boston

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Friction on Felix

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Richmond, CA

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Music in the Rockridge Sunset

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 5:00 PM
  • Upper Rockridge, Oakland

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

San Francisco's Friction String Quartet in Seattle

  • Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 2:30 PM
  • Inverness

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Bird House Spectacular

  • Friday, May 18, 2018, at 7:00 PM
  • Adams Point, Oakland

This groupmuse happened about 4 years ago

The Unicorn's Maiden 'muse: Birthday Edition!

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • West Oakland Oakland, CA

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Notes from the Attic..

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Noe Valley, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Gracemuse

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Saint Francis Wood, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago

Strings on Elgin Park

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Mission District, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Magnifique Friction Quartet.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Civic Center, SF

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Coachello

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Flowering Trills

  • Friday, March 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Mission District, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse February

  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

The Brothers Avshalomov Birthday Groupmuse

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • South of Market, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Sunday Evening at Moomin: Groupmuse Edition

  • Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Lower Haight, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Inside Lands

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago