String quartet, 2018

Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical”, invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music written by and for the group.

Most recently the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas, invoke has also been selected to participate in the Emerging String Quartet Program at Stanford, as Artists in Residence at Strathmore, and as the Emerging Young Artist Quartet at Interlochen. In 2018, the band won First Prize in the Open Category of the international M-Prize competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as First Prize in the Coltman Competition in Austin, Texas. invoke has shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed chamber groups in the country, including the Ensō Quartet and the U.S. Army Field Band. Equally at home in collaborative ventures, invoke has appeared with musicians in greatly varying genres – from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.

invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud”, and their 2018 follow-up “Furious Creek” both feature original works composed by and for the group. In addition, invoke has performed and recorded numerous world premieres. The group’s recording credits appear on bassist/composer Ethan Foote’s solo album “Fields Burning”, singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin’s “Spirit House”, jazz/soul singer Rochelle Rice’s EP “Wonder”, and more.

Kris Peysen – Strung
for string quartet

Carle Wirshba – The Castle Of Dromore
for singing string quartet, doubled with tenor banjo and mandolin