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Damon Zick

2023 Jazz Road Creatives

Damon Zick and Quarteto Nuevo

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Burbank, California

Project Title

Quarteto Nuevo's C.R.E.E.D. Project

Year of Award


Grant or Fellowship

Jazz Road Creative Residencies Grant

Grant Amount


Quarteto Nuevo's C.R.E.E.D. Project will explore the connection of jazz to geographical and cultural locations by composing five new movements for each state visited during the 2023-24 season to add to their Jazz Road Suite (Western States). They will research elements of each state, execute the full Jazz Road Suite in each location, engage audiences in post-concert dialogue while capturing their responses, and document the Suite via live video/audio recording at ASU Kerr Cultural Center.

About the Artists

Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! Their diverse programs can be tailored to fit anywhere, from an intimate chamber music venue to a large outdoor festival. The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms. They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages! Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation – soprano saxophone/alto flute (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom) and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga) – richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” and Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song No. 6” to Traditional Macedonian “Gadjarsko” and original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus”, “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que”.