DOT Quartet began in 2013 when 4 prominent and versatile musicians met in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Raised on a classical background, they all wanted to investigate the possibilities of a string quartet in non-classical music styles like jazz, pop and world music. They compose and produce their own music, influenced by different great artits such as the Turtle Island Quartet, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Radiohead. The result is a new sound concept, where improvisation and freshness in performances have a main role. Dot Quartet is comprised of violinists Gustavo Cabrera and Chris Kosides, violist Isaac Poels and cellist Iván Nogueira and they are based in Rotterdam.
In the beginning of 2016, DOT Quartet recorded their debut album, ‘Travelers’, containing 14 original compositions, written by the quartet members. The tracks carry influences from different music styles, such as Indian music, folk, jazz, soul. The album was succesfully presented on a tour through Spain and the Canary Islands, with a great response from their audience.
There were some other highlights during their 3 years they’ve been working together. They were recently invited to play as “houseband” at the 10th edition of “Festival Classique” (Scheveningen, The Netherlands). They’ve been invited to some other festivals such as “Fifty Fiddles Festival” (De Doelen, Rotterdam) and“North Sea Round Town” (Rotterdam). In 2015 “the Dots” were finalist at the Music Matters Award 2015, having received the Special Mention from the jury for the originality and quality of the project. This brought them to some of the major concert venues of Rotterdam, such as BIRD and De Doelen. They also created a original program,“Press start”, in collaboration with pianist and composer George Kosides, which presents a selection of videogames sound tracks. It brought them to Greece, where they were invited in May 2015 to present the project at “Comicon Thessaloniki”, amongs other venues.
DOT Quartet often collaborates with other artists which allows them to share experiences and influences. They worked with saxophonist Alessandro Russo, experimental fusion band Voodrish, the rapper Monta, singers Jefferson da Veiga and Nanda Akkerman. The dots also had the chance of sharing stage with some other great figures such us Frankie Gavin, Tim Kliphuis and Gjermund Larsenand. It was very meaningful their collaboration with singer songwriter Aristides Moreno, from Gran Canaria. Together, they produced the show“Concuerdancias”. The input of the dots gave Moreno’s music a new dimension that was greatly appreciated by the singer’s audience, which is still devoted to his music after more than 20 years of musical career.
At the moment they are developing a new
educational show, lead by Dieuwke Bart. They also keep enlarging their repertoire by writing new arrangements and original music.