To amplify diverse, under-represented, and newly composed classical music in and beyond Houston, Texas, through flexible chamber and orchestral ensemble performances.
Since forming in 2015, the Houston-based conductorless ensemble Kinetic has been gaining increasing momentum as an innovative and dynamic force in the classical music scene, and an important advocate for rarely-performed music in the classical repertoire. The ensemble has been described as "Houston's Indie, Conductorless Orchestra" that has "found its niche in Houston's music scene" (Houston Public Media), and has been praised for its "thoughtful incisive programming" and "visually arresting... brilliantly executed" performances (Arts+Culture TX). Consisting of 16 young professional string players, Kinetic is committed to amplifying diverse, under-represented, and newly composed classical music to communities in and beyond Houston, through flexible chamber and orchestral ensemble performances.With collaboration at its core, the ensemble has partnered with numerous artistic organizations and institutions, including Moody Center for the Arts, Musiqa, Windsync, NobleMotion Dance, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Archway Gallery, Hoppa Project, Sam Houston State University’s School of Music, Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft — and more. A champion of new music, Kinetic has premiered over a dozen new works by emerging and established composers of our time, including Karim Al-Zand, Paul Novak, Daniel Temkin, and Alexandra T. Bryant.Kinetic's recording of Karim Al-Zand's luctus profugis, which the ensemble premiered in 2017, is featured on the CD, Studies in Nature: new music by Karim Al-Zand, released by Centaur Records. The ensemble's recordings of three string orchestra pieces by Pierre Jalbert will be released on the Orchid Classics label in September 2021, and during the 2021-2022 season, Kinetic will make the world premiere recording of Daniel Knaggs' Two Streams for choir and string orchestra, alongside Grammy award-winning Houston Chamber Choir, with acclaimed producer Blanton Alspaugh.