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Kinetic Ensemble

Mission

To amplify diverse, under-represented, and newly composed classical music in and beyond Houston, Texas, through flexible chamber and orchestral ensemble performances.

About

Kinetic is an artist led, artist curated ensemble of 16 young professional string players committed to amplifying diverse, under-represented, and newly composed classical music to communities in and beyond Houston, through flexible chamber and orchestral ensemble performances.

Since forming in 2015, Kinetic has been gaining momentum as an innovative and dynamic force in the classical music scene, and an important advocate for the rarely-performed works 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).

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 was released on the album, String Theory in 2021, receiving critical acclaim.

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