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String Quartet Smackdown IV

  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar 1120 South Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX, 78704 United States (map)

Tickets can be purchased here.

In its fourth year and slated for yet another highly successful and sold-out performance, this bracketed, NCAA-basketball tournament style competition brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience. It's like March Madness for the ears!  

Submissions were accepted from around the world through December 1, 2017. A panel of composers - including Ashley BathgateFelipe Pérez Santiago, and Mattie Kaiser - helped select sixteen of these compositions to move on to the live performance "Smackdown," taking place Saturday February 10, 2018. Invoke will perform the compositions in four rounds, and record all finalist pieces. 

The live audience in attendance will be directly involved in the decision process by texting a code to vote for their favorite pieces in each round. The winner of each round moves on in the tournament... and the champion will receive a grand prize of $1,500, plus other items of recognition.

No matter your music writing skills, we hope you'll join us for this fantastically fun event that is fit for all ages.

The 2018 FINAL 16:

Angela Slater
Anoushka Sharp
Dario Gonzalez Valderrama
Feona Jones
Grace Ma
Hermes Camacho
Jean Ahn
Jungyoon Wie
Marie Jocelyn Marfil
Natalie Dietterich
Nick Vasallo
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Michael Kurth
Paul Wiancko
Sophie Mathieu
Steven Snowden