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To call Toronto's Dévah Quartet a 'string quartet' would be a boldface lie. Yamaha Artists since 2011 and D'Addario Artists since 2013, Dévah is comprised of Emily on electric violin, Sharon and Moira on electric 5-string violin/viola hybrids, and Liza on electric cello. Dévah works and records with drummers Mike Vanderhule of Y&T, Mackenzie Longpre, and Kris Maddigan.
Dévah invents a rich texture of sound utilizing effect pedals typically used by electric bass, keys, and guitar, which creates different tones and dimensions to their music. Void of any stereotypical mold, Dévah is continuously evolving and recreating itself, striving to innovate the string quartet musical genre through their eclectic taste and style in music, and hopefully reach out to new audiences in the process.
In June 2013, Dévah released their much anticipated eponymous debut album. Produced by prog rock heavyweight Robert Berry, their genre has also been labeled everything from indie rock to alt pop. Whatever the style, the music is high-energy artistry performed with virtuosic ability.
The band has performed live for thousands on main stages in Toronto for such events as Canada Day in Dundas Square 2014, been featured in the UK Magazine 'PROG', performed for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games Countdown Launch, Vancouver's Alternative Fashion Week, TIFF, and aired on radio across North America.