Afiara Quartet Performs With Kid Koala in “Nufonia”

Posted on 9/19/2016 8:46:32 PM

The Afiara QuartetConsisting 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! 2016–17 season.

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 Copenhagen.

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.

Tickets 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) 357-1313.

Any 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.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

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