Australia's FourPlay String Quartet Announce First US Tour Including Performances with Neil Gaiman


FourPlay String Quartet
FourPlay String Quartet

FourPlay String Quartet defy convention and stereotyping.  As much a band as a string quartet, they blur the boundaries between styles and genres while maintaining their own original and true sound.  This June and July, they will tour the US for the first time featuring select performances with author/graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (The SandmanCoraline) at some of the world’s greatest venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Barbican Centre in London, The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, and Usher Hall in Edinburgh.  FourPlay will perform an opening set at these shows, as well as their collaborative work The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, featuring projected artwork by comics artist/cartoonist Eddie Campbell (BacchusFrom Hell), which first premiered at the Graphic Festival at the Sydney Opera House.  The book will be released worldwide mid June, with the e-book shortly after.

Of FourPlay, Gaiman stated, “They are the rock band of string quartets, an amazing, versatile bunch with a cult following.”  Check out a preview of their upcoming performances, featuring previous concert footage and commentary from Gaiman, HERE.

FourPlay write their own original compositions inspired by rock, pop, jazz, klezmer, swing, folktronica, hip hop and more.  They have also recorded and performed covers by a diverse array of artists; from The StrokesRage Against The Machine, andRadiohead to Leonard CohenRobert JohnsonSufjan Stevens, and many, many more.

Check out their live performance of original composition “Now to the Future” on Australia’s ABC HERE.

The foursome shot to prominence in Australia and Europe in the late 90’s as a unique musical phenomenon – an indie rock band that just happened to be a string quartet.  They achieved fame and (somewhat) fortune with a DIY ethos and a rather punk attitude for people who had originally met through playing in orchestras. In the time since, FourPlay have toured internationally and released four studio albums, a remix album, and a trilogy of mini CDs.  They have played many of the world’s great concert halls as well as gritty rock clubs.  They have composed and performed live comic book scores, collaborated on live film scores with Plaid, and have just finished their first album of 100% original material.

In addition to their dates with Gaiman and Campbell, FourPlay will also perform headline shows in New York, Delaware & London.

Tour Dates:
June 25th – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre*
June 27th – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall*
June 28th – Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe
June 29th – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
July 4th – London, UK @ The Barbican Centre*
July 5th – London, UK @ The Barbican Centre*
July 6th – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall*
July 8th – London, UK @ Ace Hotel
*with Neil Gaiman