A Great depth of sound... virtuostic performance"
- Fanfare Magazine
Bio: Cuatro Puntos is an multi faceted organization based in Hartford, Connecticut, USA dedicated to intercultural dialogue and universalaccess through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. Cuatro Puntos oversees a resident chamber music ensemble, a concert series, arts-integration workshops in local schools, the Music Moves Hartford program for those facing homelessness, and a partnership with the Müzikhane Social Music School in Southeastern Turkey. The Cuatro Puntos Resident Musicians, hailed by Fanfare Magazine as having a “great depth of sound” and “virtuostic performance”, have performed extensively throughout the United States as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Afghanistan. They have a number of albums spanning many genres, including a recent release of Jaipur to Cairo on the Métier label and Centennial Cole with Connecticut-based R&B singer Orice Jenkins. A four-year collaboration with Afghanistan’s only music school, which included several teaching artist visits to Afghanistan and a one-year teaching tenure by Cuatro Puntos’ executive director, resulted in a collaborative album between Cuatro Puntos and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music titled The Rosegarden of Light. The album is released on Toccata Classics and has received critical acclaim worldwide as well as airplay on major stations such as BBC and NPR. Music from the album has also been used on the score of several films, most recently in The Staging Post and Laila at the Bridge. Blackmore Vale Magazine in the UK said “At a time when we are bombarded every day by images of the world in crisis, The Rosegarden of Light is a joyful celebration of musicians who share a fundamental right to express themselves through the universal language of music.” The Cuatro Puntos Resident Musicians are just one arm of a multi-faceted organization aimed at using the power of music for social change. Learn about our programs at www.cuatropuntos.org
Albums with Arkadash Records
The Curve - Ameen Mokdad & Cuatro Puntos Resident Musicians
Original music by Ameen Mokdad powerfully arranged for string quartet and dumbek
Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist Ameen Mokdad was trapped in hiding by ISIS for nearly two years in his hometown of Mosul. During that time we wrote an extraordinary repertoire of powerfully emotional music. He arranged it later for the Cuatro Puntos Resident Musicians. On this album you will hear a string quartet along with Ameen on dumbek, violin, and in recitation of poetry in Arabic.
Fear - Havocs - Hope In God - Confusion - Kholo Fajher - From Her - Lips - Secret - First Momento (The Birth) - Sognatore - The Curve - Viaggio - Clouds - Tears of Flower - Ween - Over the Mountain - Yoqaal - Yosur
Sounds of Persia - Dariush Saghafi & Cuatro Puntos Resident Musicians
Music for Persian santur (hammered dulcimer) and string quartet
Be transported into another sound world as you listen to a traditional improvised solo by the world's leading master of Persian santur, Dr. Dariush Saghafi. Then hear a string quartet by Dr. Reza Vali using ancient Persian and Dastgâh modes, and finish with a rousing piece by Vali for both string quartet and santur.
Improvised santur solo in Ashur mode - Reza Vali: String Quartet No. 4 "Ormavi" - Reza Vali: Ashoob for santur & string quartet