Commissioned documentary for the Ciompi Quartet. The Ciompi Quartet was founded at Duke University in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All its members are professors at Duke and play a leading role in its cultural life, in addition to traveling widely throughout the year for performances. In a career that includes many hundreds of concerts and spans five continents, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player’s strong individual voice. With a maturity and insight born of wide experience, the Ciompi Quartet projects the heart and soul of the music, in a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to works by today’s most communicative composers.
Short promo commissioned to highlight Duke Listens, a program of Orientation Week at Duke University. The entertainment at DPAC was provided by Duke music professor and jazz artist John Brown, who has organized a new music appreciation program, “Duke Listens,” for incoming students. The program offers an overview of jazz, hip-hop and R&B history, interspersed with musical performances and live Q&A sessions with musicians. The Pitchforks, a men’s a capella singing group at Duke, opened the show.