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Hear Here Presents: Vaso String Quartet

Forest City Gallery & The Hear Here Committee is proud to Present: Vaso String Quartet! 

Performing new music by:

Caroline Shaw (
Yaz Lancaster (
Kaija Saariaho (
Willyn Whiting (
James Lowrie: (
André McEvenue: (
Andrew Noseworthy (

About Vaso String Quartet:

Formed in 2018 at the Scotia Festival of Music under the guidance of violinist Tim Fain and composer Philip Glass, the Vaso String Quartet brings together four dedicated musicians with a passion for new chamber music. Members Aysel Taghi-Zada (violin), Hua-Chu Huang (violin), Peter Ayuso (viola), and India Yeshe Gailey (cello) are all accomplished individual musicians who have won prizes in chamber music competitions across North America. The members have all worked closely with some of the leading chamber musicians of today, such as David Geringas, Ronald Copes, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Emerson, Cleveland, Kronos, Shanghai, and Cavani Quartets. 

As advocates of contemporary music, the members have also fostered working relationships with artists and composers of different mediums to further expand the definition of contemporary music. This has led to collaborations with artists and collectives such as Wu Man, composer and pipa virtuoso of the Silk Road Ensemble; New Hermitage, an environmental chamber jazz quartet; and numerous other composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Lawrence Dillon, and Caroline Shaw.

With a keen interest in exploring and promoting lesser known works, the quartet strives for innovative programming that juxtaposes the standard string quartet literature alongside the equally valuable works of underrepresented composers. “Vaso”, Spanish for “glass”, refers to the first pieces they performed together (quartets by Philip Glass and Astor Piazzolla), but it also encapsulates their ambition to crack the glass ceiling that confronts women and social minorities.

Hear Here is a series of live-shows that take place at FCG in between exhibitions. 

Doors at 6:30 PM
$10 admission (at the door)
258 Richmond Street, London, ON