Consisting of Valeri Li and Timothy
Kantor, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Adrian Fung, cello, the Afiara Quartet
will perform live with DJ scratch artist and Nufonia Must Fall creator Kid
Koala. The performance will be presented at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27,
2016, in Fisher Auditorium as the opening event of IUP Lively Arts’ Ovations!
The Afiara Quartet is defined by
its pursuit of beauty, meaning, and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its
genre. It is a dynamic and award-winning ensemble, described as “a
revelation” (La Presse) with
performances balancing “intensity and commitment” and “frequent
moments of tenderness” (Montreal
Gazette). After residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State
University, the Afiara are currently Fellowship Quartet at Toronto’s Royal
Conservatory of Music.
The ensemble is winner of the
Young Canadian Musicians Award, Concert Artist Guild, Munich ARD, and Banff
International String Quartet competitions and has performed throughout the
Americas, Europe, and Asia at such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill
Halls, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Library
of Congress in DC, and in Sao Paulo, London, Austria, Munich, Amsterdam, and
Their repertoire includes 25
commissions of new music, new educational outreach initiatives for school
children funded by the Ontario Arts Council, and projects with jazz virtuoso
Uri Caine, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Javier Limon, and
the ground-breaking scratch DJ, Kid Koala.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award-winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums and has released two
graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and
Space Cadet. He has also been
involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz,
Deltron 3030, and The Slew.
He has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire,
Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, and the Preservation
Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper, and The Great Gatsby.
Kid Koala has also composed music for the National Film Board of Canada,
the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, and Adult Swim. He has been commissioned to
create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Kid
Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals
like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) and Vinyl
Vaudeville, including puppets and dancers) to quiet-time events like Music To
Draw To, his Space Cadet Headphone.
for this event are available online or the Lively Arts’
online ticketing site. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building
ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724)
seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the
performance. Tickets are priced at $28 for regular admission, $24 for seniors
and groups, and $16 for students and children.
more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.