superlative: most likely to not fit into any one genre classification, which makes them all the better
creature comfort: All of us are suckers for a shot of Chartreuse VEP. Chartreuse itself is an amazing liqueur in some classic cocktails but the VEP (which stands for "exceptionally long aging" in French) takes it to a whole new level.
best concert you've ever been to: The Kraken Quartet at the 2017 SXSW Composer Showcase. They had the last slot at 1:00 AM but really brought the whole room down with their amazing energy!
favorite cereal: Zach = Cinnamon Toast Crunch // Nick = Grape Nuts // Karl = Lucky Charms // Geoff = Raisin Nut Bran
austin go-to: Odd Duck is a true Austin food adventure. Great for all events (plus they're vegan friendly which is a must for Geoff!).
Class of 2016
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 band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. invoke weaves all of these traditions together to create truly unique contemporary repertoire, written by and for the group.
invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud” begins with original works that conjure images of America, including the fast-paced opening track Travesty and The Trace (inspired by bourbon whiskey). The third and title track, Souls in the Mud, is an American transformation of a 16th century motet featuring banjo, mandolin and a bluegrass-influenced boot-stompin’ finale. The EP is rounded out by invoke accompanying a historic recording of a haunting traditional English ballad and two compositions by prolific American composer Danny Clay.
Currently Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, invoke has also been selected as Artists in Residence at Strathmore, the Emerging Young Artist Quartet at Interlochen, and the Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts. In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition, and was chosen as Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition.