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by Invert

An "inverted" string quartet featuring 2 cellos, violin & viola playing dramatic, melodic, dark and driving new music composed by its members.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Machine
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2. Theme (for a Black Collar Crime)
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3. Lost Spring
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4. Procession in D
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5. Glass Eye & I
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6. Number 1
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Invert is a New York City based string quartet performing original new music by its members and unique arrangements of works by composers from all ages. It literally inverts the format of the traditional quartet by featuring a bottom heavy two cello line-up, with violin & viola completing its spectrum.

Invert's compositions range from dark moody pieces evocative soundtracks from expressionist cinema to driving works drawing their rhythmic inspiration from rock and jazz. It blends melodicism, improvisation, minimalism and a playful sense of experimentation in a modern update of classical chamber music.

The roots of Invert began in September 1998 when cellist Chris George took an ad out in the New York Press seeking string players to work on his compositions, originally scored for multiple cellos. Among those responding was cellist Steve Berson, and the two began working together immediately.

Invert was founded in January 1999 when violinist Helen Yee joined Chris and Steve, and its line up was finalized in June 1999 with the addition of violist Asha Mevlana. Since it's first performance in August 1999 at the Collective Unconscious, Invert has performed regularly to packed houses at various New York alternative performance spaces.

In the past four years they have shared bills with recording artists as diverse as Rachel's, Mission of Burma, Tom Chiu, Rasputina, and Quasi, have performed live on free-form radio's greatest bastion, WFMU, and are featured backing Guided By Voices on GBV's 2002 release "Universal Truths & Cycles."

Their first CD features six original compositions by members Chris George, Steven Berson and Helen Yee and was digitally recorded at Brooklyn's Looming Productions and by The LAProom Mobile at Helen Yee's former Upper West-side apartment.

Invert's full length second CD, "Between The Seconds" was released by Capstone Records in January 2004, and is available at



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Martha Lincoln

Underproduced but crackling with potential
This album is a short but provocative exploration of contemporary string composition, flawed in places but adventurous and moving. The sound quality is short of perfection, but it's good enough to let you sample work from a group that deserves to be famous.


What a music I like it so much. Since Friday I'm listening over and over. I'm hoping I will see you guys in my state Arkansas soon.

Clemens Williges

Why aren't they as famous as Kronos Quartet???
Discovered tracks on And to me, a European fan of contemporary string music who has never heard of INVERT, it was a revelation!!!
Unfortunately the CD isn't available in Germany. I'll order it from Hope they won't keep me waiting too long.

John J. Trause

Invert is a wonderful mix of tradition and avant-garde
This CD offers a short, but telling selection of original compositions arranged and performed by an unusual string quartet composed of two cellos, a violin, and a viola. If Bernard Herrman, Charlotte Moorman, Yo-Yo Ma, Chopin, and Simon Jeffes and his Penguin Cafe Orchestra formed a commune, had four kids, and then formed a quartet, this CD features what joys they would produce.

Jan Willem Broek

Excellent contemporary tradional music if that would exist
Such a shame this band is not known all over the world. Their music should appeal fans of Rachels, Balanescu, Bang On A can and Penguin Orchestra. String-driven classical/avant-garde compositions that feed your brains with sad but beautiful emotions.

Benjamin Lyons

Well done first work.
This is a great beginning for invert, and the are bursting with potential, and crackling with enthusiasm. The music itself is enjoyable, complex, and unpretentious.


Invert's Lost In Spring, transports me to a place where all is great and good in the world.

Aaron Kerr

I'm so pleased that someone did this. 2 cellos - about time! The compositions are thoughtfull, intelligent, and diverse. It's a really enjoyable album for classical as well as modern music listeners. More please!

CD Baby

An "inverted" string quartet featuring 2 cellos, violin & viola playing dramatic, melodic, dark and driving new music