ALTERNATIVE QUARTET (TRINIDAD) was formed in 2005 as the brainchild of founding member Andre Donawa, Alternative Quartet is a revolutionary string ensemble that offers a distinctively unique musical experience to the Caribbean region and beyond. Having played the stages of Trinidad & Tobago to rapturous applause, this exquisitely talented, classically trained and pioneering group share a vision to not only be the premier string quartet in Trinidad & Tobago, but throughout the world, and to do so in a new and exciting way.

Guided by the versatility and strength of electric instruments and the raw emotion that their charged strings provide, the members of Alternative Quartet harmoniously fuse the violin, viola and cello to give a rich and resounding performance. Having played to some of the Caribbean’s most prestigious audiences, including Machel Montano’s Alternative Concept, Tobago Jazz Experience, the 5th Summit of the Americas, Tourism Development Corporation’s Taste T&T, Caribbean Road Show in St Lucia and Barbados, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Awards and Heather Headley’s homecoming concert, Alternative Quartet is fast becoming a national and international musical treasure. Our most memorable experience was playing for the Queen of England and all Commonwealth Leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which was hosted in Trinidad in November 2009.

Alternative Quartet is comprised of four very special individuals. Andre Donawa is lead violinist, arrangement specialist and producer; Andre Comeau plays violin and is an ingenious graphic artist; Nariba Herbert who plays the viola is a talented songwriter; and our diligent cellist Wasia Ward, who has been involved in music for most of her life, is a pannist, singer, pianist, producer and composer. Each musician is outstanding in their own right, yet together we seamlessly blend to create a luminous and carefully crafted contemporary sound, drawing on the rich diversity of Caribbean influences including local soca and dancehall, in conjunction with more traditional string arrangements that can be tailored to a variety of musical and social occasions.

Performance: Jazz By the Lake    Sunday June 1st   Grenadian By Rex Hotels, 7pm