NOW AVAILABLE: Aizuri Quartet's "Blueprinting"

album cover by DM Stith

album cover by DM Stith


Aizuri Quartet's

debut album featuring works by
Lembit Beecher, Yevgeniy Sharlat,
Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith,

and Paul Wiancko

New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the release of Blueprinting, the debut album from award-winning, NYC-basedAizuri Quartet. The record is now available in digital, CD and vinyl formats on Bandcamp and all other outlets.

Blueprinting features new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five of today's most exciting American composers --  Lembit Beecher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, and
Paul Wiancko
 -- who all possess a special understanding of the expressive range and power the Aizuri Quartet is capable of harnessing. The result is a collection of viscerally powerful pieces that glow with ingenuity and push the string quartet in inventive and unexpected ways.

Aizuri Quartet was founded in 2012 and draws its name from
“aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail. The group has equal devotion to performing works from the past and present, forming a dialogue between classic and contemporary music and bringing the same respect to new pieces as those by Beethoven or Schumann, and as such has been awarded Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London.

Blueprinting tracklisting:

1. Carrot Revolution  (composed by Gabriella Smith)
2. Blueprint  (composed by Caroline Shaw)
3. RIPEFG - I.  (composed by Yevgeniy Sharlat)
4. RIPEFG - II.  (composed by Yevgeniy Sharlat)
5. Sophia's Wide Awake Dreams - Dream Nr. 1 
(composed by Lembit Beecher)
6. Sophia's Wide Awake Dreams - Dream Nr. 2
(composed by Lembit Beecher)
7. LIFT - Part I  (composed by Paul Wiancko)
8. LIFT - Part II  (composed by Paul Wiancko)
9. LIFT - Part III [Glacial - Maniacal - Lift] 
(composed by Paul Wiancko)