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NEW CD "Short Stories" OUT NOW on JazzHausMusik label!

The MOVE String Quartet from Berlin plays fresh, powerful chamber music with an edge.
All four bandmembers are active in Berlin's vibrant jazz community. Each of them also brings a wide range of other musical backgrounds into the quartet and makes the band's performances interactive and lively. Their unorthodox line-up with a double bass replacing the second violin creates an especially rich, warm sound. Their pieces explore the colorful universe of jazz from a new perspective.

The string quartet genre was first shaped by 250 years of classical tradition, where it was regarded as the paragon of composing and performing. Later, in the swing and bebop eras, strings were usually relegated to playing smooth, decorative backgrounds for soloing horn players. Today, the MOVE String Quartet features four genuine jazz soloists playing together, and their hybrid compositions formulate a singular artistic vision.

Their second album „Short Stories“ was published by the Jazz Haus Musik label.

Héloïse Lefèbvre, Violin
Marie-Theres Härtel, Viola
Susanne Paul, Cello and Composition
Carlos Bica, Double Bass and Composition

Press reactions:
"Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2018" - Time Out Portugal 12/2018 (José Carlos Fernandes)
„Alive and wide awake!“ - HR2 Radio Kultur (Guenter Hottmann)
„Finest chamber music“ - Melodiva
„exciting and unpredictable“ - JazzPodium 6/18 (Thorsten Meyer)
„Phenomenal quartet ... Short, concise songs emanate strongly outlined melodies, memorable moods, and that „special something" that makes it really hard to break away from "Short Stories". Beautiful themes, delightful melodic colors and excellent sound.“ - Longplayrecenzje
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Order CDs from info [at] movequartet.com



(Photo by Joaquim Mendes)
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The MSQ's first CD, „El Camino“ was also released on the Jazz Haus Musik label in 2013.
Mission statement: "The album "El Camino" is a concept album, roaming through various images, moods and landscapes that a traveler might encounter on a journey, a real journey perhaps or an inner one.
In these compositions, I aimed for clarity and simplicity. Preferring rawness over embellishments, I strove to bring out the essence of an idea by leaving out as much as possible. It's a matter of capturing something that's already there in the material, something organic and balanced. I guess most of all, it's about listening to the space between the notes."