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Andrew Lipke & the Aizuri Quartet with Denice Frohman 

Andrew Lipke & the Aizuri Quartet with Denice Frohman
Thu, November 6 · 7:30 PM
World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Original artists, original music. LiveConnections brings you unique collaborations and fresh sounds from some of the best artists today, in the intimate atmosphere of our partner venue World Cafe Live.

LiveConnections’ 2014-2015 concert series kicks off with a fusion of indie rock, chamber music and spoken word poetry. Andrew Lipke, a local WXPN favorite, is known for crafting lush arrangements in his songwriting. He’ll be writing new music, commissioned for this concert by LiveConnections, and performing with the Aizuri Quartet, the exceptional new string quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to premiering Lipke’s works, the Quartet will perform Lembit Beecher’s “These Memories May Be True.”

They’ll be joined by special guest Denice Frohman, champion of the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, performing her poem “Anniversary,” set to music by Lipke. Weaving together poetry, original songwriting and exceptional artistry — with a touch of “Cheek to Cheek” nostalgia — this concert transcends style and genre to showcase innovative music-making at its best.

Catch the energy and innovation in the dynamic Downstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, while enjoying dinner and drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner; the show starts at 7:30pm.



$25 general admission
$18 students with ID
(prices include service charges)

Food and drink sold separately. General admission seating.

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Founded in 2008, LiveConnections creates innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and education out of partner venue World Cafe Live. LiveConnections’ ClassicAlive concert series—called “breathtaking” by the Philadelphia Weekly—expands how classical music is experienced through cross-genre collaborations, new and engaging repertoire and a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink. The 2014-2015 season features six concerts highlighting artists who write and perform their own original music. For complete details, visit

This concert is part of LiveConnections’ “New Sounds of Philadelphia” project, supported in part by The Presser Foundation, celebrating its 75th anniversary.




Andrew LipkeAndrew Lipke is a highly active artist, producer, songwriter and entertainer in the Philadelphia music scene. Born in South Africa, Lipke showed his musical prowess at an early age, starting piano lessons at 5 and later teaching himself the guitar. Immigrating to America in 1987, Lipke moved to Philadelphia to earn a degree in music composition from the University of the Arts. He released his fourth album “The Plague” in September of 2011. This song cycle of apocalyptic vignettes ties together meticulously arranged string quartet material and lyrical themes steeped in the reanalysis of religious suppositions and the dissection of destructive dogma—with unabashed love for pop music. In addition to his own music, Lipke is receiving praise in his expanding role as a record producer in his studio, The Record Lounge.  He also plays across the country in the renowned Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out and creates sound design and original music for regional theater productions. Lipke performs his music throughout the Philadelphia region with his band The Prospects and also with The Azrael String Quartet. [Image: Doug Seymour]


Aizuri QuartetThe Aizuri Quartet formed in the fall of 2012 as the culmination of years of music-making between its members, from their studies together at The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, to their collaborations at chamber music festivals like Marlboro, Caramoor and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. The Aizuri Quartet gave its debut performance on the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City, and participated in the 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Recent projects included a residency at the Scrag Mountain Music Festival in Vermont, performances in New York City, Philadelphia, Memphis and at the ArtsNaples World Festival in Naples, Florida, and a collaboration with award-winning poet Denice Frohman. The Aizuri Quartet is a finalist in the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition and was recently named string-quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. [Image: Jamie Jung]


Denice FrohmanDenice Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist and educator, whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, The Apiary and more. Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral and has over 700,000 views on Youtube. She has performed and taught poetry across the country and internationally, and is one half of the award-winning spoken word duo, Sister Outsider. [Image: Richard F. Beaubien]




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Andrew LipkePRESS RELEASE 10/09/2014: LiveConnections kicks off their 2014-2015 ClassicAlive concert series with two innovative shows in November. On November 6th, indie rock, classical music, and spoken word collide when singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke premieres a new work for the Aizuri Quartet, joined by special guest Denice Frohman. On November 23rd, New York-based composer-performers Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein present original works, including a world premiere, for 5-string violin, Fender Rhodes keys and electronics.
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