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The Town Quartet was born in the Bay Area's town, Oakland, as a fusion of four musicians and their love of chamber music. Formed in 2011 by violinists Garrett McLean and Corey Mike, violist Jacob Hansen-Joseph, and cellist Lewis Patzner, the group added Mia Bella D'Augelli in September 2012 after Garrett migrated south to his homeland, Los Angeles. Ivo Bokulić has served as interim violist since the summer of 2014. Since its beginning, the Town Quartet has held a weekly Sunday afternoon residency at the Musical Offering Café in Berkeley. 

 

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The Town Quartet was born in the Bay Area's town, Oakland, as a fusion of four musicians and their love of chamber music. Formed in 2011 by violinists Garrett McLean and Corey Mike, violist Jacob Hansen-Joseph, and cellist Lewis Patzner, the group added Mia Bella D'Augelli in September 2012 after Garrett migrated south to his homeland, Los Angeles. Ivo Bokulić has served as interim violist since the summer of 2014. Since its beginning, the Town Quartet has held a weekly Sunday afternoon residency at the Musical Offering Café in Berkeley.

Performing in casual settings like this, as well as presenting formal concerts, has allowed us to voice our work with pieces from the 17thcentury to the present. For us, doing the quartet is about fun, friendship, playing music we love in a way that makes us proud, and improving as individual players and as a group. Collaboration is a central concept to any chamber ensemble, and the Town Quartet welcomes opportunities beyond the standard string quartet. This has included playing arias with members of Opera on Tap San Francisco and programming/performing a soundtrack to the Swedish silent film, Terje Vigen, at the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley. In March of 2015 we continued our collaboration with Vocallectve and Indre Viskontas at the center for New Music, where we premiered a "Short Quartet" by our cellist. We also enjoy collaborations with presenters such as the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music at The Legion of Honor Museum, and the Opus Series in Mendocino. The Town Quartet occasionally produce their own concerts at various venues in the area, including Vessel Gallery in Oakland, and the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley.

Mia Bella D'Augelli, violin

Corey Christopher Mike, violin

Jacob Hansen-Joseph, viola

Lewis Patzner, cello


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