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This June Sybarite5 will record its latest album, OUTLIERS, consisting of 11 new works by 10 young, acclaimed American composers.
This June Sybarite5 will record its latest album, OUTLIERS, consisting of 11 new works by 10 young, acclaimed American composers.
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THE INITIATIVE 
This June, Sybarite5 will record its latest album, OUTLIERS.

Over the past 10 years, we have worked tirelessly to create electrifying, eclectic repertoire for string quintet by forming and cultivating relationships with composers all around the world. OUTLIERS is the culmination of these efforts, and consists of 11 works by 10 young, acclaimed American composers. This will be our first album of entirely new music written just for us! 

THE PLAN
We will record OUTLIERS at Systems2 studios in Brooklyn under the supervision of the brilliant, Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer Paul Zinman. The album features the following works:

Andy Akiho - Revolve (2012)
Kenji Bunch - Allemande pour Tout le Monde (2015)
Eric Byers - Pop Rocks (2013) & Sarabande (2014)
Shawn Conley - Yann’s Flight (2013)
Mohammed Fairouz - Muqaddamah (2014)
Jessica Meyer - Getting Home (... I must be) (2015)
Daniel Bernard Roumain - Allemande for Toussaint L'Overture (2015)
Dan Visconti - Hitchhikers Tales (2006-2012)
Michi Wiancko - Blue Bourée (2014)
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin - Gi-gue-ly (2015)

THE SUPPORT
This project is a decade in the making, and represents what Sybarite5 is all about – building an enduring canon of repertoire for string quintet. This is a project we need to do right, and with that, there come costs. It’s EXPENSIVE! That’s where you come in. With your help, we will be able to engage the best production team around, and we can ensure that this exciting music is preserved for years to come with the highest possible quality. 

WHO WE ARE 
Comprised of violinists Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violist Angela Pickett, cellist Laura Metcalf and bassist Louis Levitt, Sybarite5 is the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. The quintet has performed in 41 states, as well as Canada, Japan, and Argentina. Sybarite5 made its Carnegie Hall debut in Zankel Hall in 2012, and its debut EP Disturb the Silence reached the top ten on the Billboard Charts. The group also recently released an all-Radiohead album on the CAG record label. Sybarite5 has received the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist award and grants from the Concert Artist Guild, Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning, American Composers Forum, New Music USA, the Look and Listen Festival, Aaron Copland Foundation, Rosenthal Foundation and the Alice M. Ditson Fund


CRITICAL ACCLAIM 

“In a program of serial high points, there were too many to mention.”
 -Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

“virtuosic talent with a risk-taking and original vision...”
 -Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition magazine

Risks and challenges

We are creating something new, so we recognize there will be some unforeseen challenges and obstacles. Luckily, this isn't our first rodeo, or our first album! We have a great production team, as well capable representation and administrative staff. We are confident that we can traverse any stumbling blocks with the support of the entire Sybarite5 team and of course, with you!

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    You will receive a SIGNED copy of OUTLIERS and a birdie tote bag + SIGNED Vinyl LP of Everything in its Right Place.

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    You will receive a SIGNED copy of ALL Sybarite5 recordings, including:

    OUTLIERS
    Everything In Its Right Place (CD & Vinyl LP)
    Disturb The Silence

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    You will receive signed scores of the first page of the new works.

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    A burger tour of NYC with Louis and Sami

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    Sybarite5 will create a unique home cooked meal for you and a guest highlighting each of the members’ culinary specialties.

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    You will get four tickets to a Sybarite5 performance in New York City. This package includes backstage passes and drinks with the band!

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    Sunset sailboat ride on Hudson River with SYB5 for you and a guest

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    Sybarite5 will perform a private house concert for you and your friends (NYC ONLY, travel not included)

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    Sybarite5 will arrange a song of your choosing (up to 4 minutes).

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    You will get the recipe to Sami's SECRET chimichurri sauce.

    Plus, an unreleased recording of from one of our recent shows! But really folks, it's all about the sauce.

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