The String Quartet Experience is Nahuel Bronzini’s arranging journey which joins together the sounds of Singer-Songwriting and a String Quartet. Playing off of the expectations of what a classical string quartet should sound like, Bronzini creates a heightened listening experience of textures and gestures that range between old and new.
This is a collaborative project that brings together 8 solo artists from Argentina, Mexico and the U.S. and the outstanding Amaranth Quartet from San Francisco.
“ I was always captivated by the sound of the string quartet, its sonic qualities, possibilities and origins. This project is a dream I had for a long time and that fills me with joy and gratitude. The chance of working with such eclectic and rich group of artists is an opportunity to explore the different sounds my heart needs to speak out and that resonate on each one of these songs. I wrote a full string quartet arrangement for each piece in hopes of representing the emotions and images depicted through their music and lyrics, while also printing my own voice as a composer. This is a true collaborative project that brings to life the musical beliefs, fantasies and needs of both myself and the songwriters.” - Nahuel
With a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2013 and proudly calls the Bay Area home. Members Katie von Braun, Abigail Shiman, Erica Zappia, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Upcoming projects include a residency and performance with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and appearances on Switchboard Presents and SF Presidio Sessions.
Beyond bringing the established string quartet repertoire to life, Amaranth is committed to working with a diverse group of Bay Area artists and creating original arrangements. Collaborators include Amy LaCour, Kendra McKinley, Zéna Allen, Marc Snegg, Madeline Tasquin, and Nahuel Bronzini. Last year, Amaranth performed at the historic Fillmore West as part of the venue’s first all-female lineup, and has also appeared at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the late Viracocha. Amaranth has been a featured guest artist on several Bay Area radio programs including KPOO, KPFA and KALX.
Amaranth Quartet is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
released December 3, 2015
All songs arranged and produced by Nahuel Bronzini
All strings recorded by Zach Miley at Airship Laboratories in Richmond, CA. except “Poor Boy”, recorded by Andy Freeman at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA.
Voice on 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and guitar on 3, 5, 7, 8 recorded by Nahuel Bronzini at Studio Burgundio, Berkeley, CA.
Voice on 7 recorded by Daniel Alba at Megaphonix Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Voice and guitar on 1 recorded by James Ward at Live Oak Studio, Berkeley, CA.
Piano on 6 recorded by Jorge “Portugués” Da Silva at Fort Music, Buenos Aires.
Voice on 6 recorded by Santiago Palacios at Estudio Kenobi, Buenos Aires.
Mixed by Nahuel Bronzini at Studio Burgundio, Berkeley, CA.
Mastered by Piper Payne at Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA.
Graphic design and illustrations by Nicolás Castell, Granada, Spain.