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photo of jed distlerSix adventurous musicians combine influences from the classical, jazz, rock, folk and avant-garde worlds to create original music as the Nurse Kaya String Quartet –– Kenji Bunch (viola), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Tim Kiah (bass), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Jesse Mills (violin), Chris Vatalaro (drums). And why not a string quartet with drums and bass? Free and structured improvisation, radical notation, plus indeterminate procedures contribute to each member’s singular compositional voice. All are graduates of the Juilliard and Eastman schools of music, and have performed with Ornette Coleman, Oliver Lake, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the FLUX quartet.
Highlights from Nurse Kaya’s 2002/03 season include performances at The Knitting Factory, Galapagos, ASCAP’s Through the Walls series at The Cutting Room (NYC), and the Hancock County Jail (ME); a live broadcast on WNYC; a residency at Bennington College (VT).
With its name inspired by bassist Tim Kiah’s former profession as a registered nurse, Nurse Kaya proposes a metaphor for the role of the artist as a healing influence. They put their philosophy to work by performing at unconventional venues, along with more traditional gigs at Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Marlboro School of Music and Oslo Chamber Music Festival.

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Last Update 03/15/2007