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Quadraphonnes / Bio

Passionate about the saxophone, its characteristics and possibilities, The Quadraphonnes are adventurous! These strong, talented, ladies break the boundaries of the saxophone quartet with their mighty chops, tantalizing grooves, soaring solos and dynamic vocals. Covering a variety of musical styles from jazz-funk-pop, to avant-garde, gypsy-punk and classical, the quads put on a great show! Celebrating their 8th year together, they have released a second album, Get the Funk Out! It is all funk, all original and features their booty-shaking rhythm section with guest appearances from guitarist, Jennifer Batten. Mary-Sue Tobin, Chelsea Luker, Mieke Bruggeman and Michelle Medler are multi-talented, serious musicians who defy the idea that four beautiful women playing saxes is just a gimmick! The Quadraphonnes will blow you away!
About the new album:
Their new album, “Get the Funk Out!” is a result of the generous contributions by family, friends and fans through Kickstarter and is a project they couldn’t be more proud of! It’s not just the CD, it’s the whole package. Quads hired top-notch recording and mixing engineer/producer, Bob Stark and Nick Moon of Tone Proper Mastering for the highest quality CD in town. Photographer Marshall Snyder and Stylist Aniana Hough brought some sass and style to the Quadraphonnes image. Rick Bouvette created a killer logo design, Michelle Medler worked her graphic design magic and Kerry Green drew one of the most intricate and funky posters of all time! Oh yeah, and the original compositions are a force to be reckoned with!
Holding down the rhythm section on Get the Funk Out are Leah Hinchcliff on bass - Portland’s ‘Femme Fatale of Funk’ and Ward Griffiths, who provides the funky back beat on drums. Known as ‘A player of all situations’, Mike Snyder can be heard laying down some tasty percussion tracks on each tune and is featured on drum set on “Under the Funk”. Mike is joined by Ben Medler on bass who wrote “Under the Funk” for the Quadraphonnes. Setting the vibe on the title track, “Get the Funk Out”, and adding some shredding guitar parts on “American Dreams” & “Devils Dance” is Jennifer Batten. Jennifer is a session musician and solo artist, who is best known for her collaborations with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. The Quadraphonnes couldn’t be more thrilled to have such high caliber musicians and amazing human beings on this album!
Our History:
The Quadraphonnes joined forces in 2006 with the intention of playing saxophone quartet music, as well as collaborating artistically with like-minded women in the music community. After rehearsing weekly for nearly a year and adding a rhythm section, the group began teaching educational workshops, performing locally and quickly achieved regional success. They now perform regularly at all the local hotspots & festivals, as well as at weddings & parties.
Over their 8 years together, the Quads have shared the stage with local and international artists such as Charles Neville, Candye Kane, The Tiptons, Lee Garrett, Lily Wilde, Janice Scroggins, Susie Jones, Trio Subtonic and Blue Cranes among many others. Their first CD, Music to Watch Girls By, was released in 2009 and showcased the versatility of styles the group was capable of handling.
In 2010, the Quadraphonnes were awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Cultural Commission to fund a multi-media performance. The event involved commissioning four new compositions for saxophone quartet & incorporated local artists and dancers in an effort to integrate the artistic community and audience. The performance was documented by local filmmakers and was widely considered to be groundbreaking and a huge success.
The Quads hit the road in 2012 for an advantageous tour in Southern California and decided shortly thereafter, that it was time to start work on a new album! The ensemble launched their first Kickstarter campaign and thanks to all the generous support of their fans, Quads released their all original, all funk CD, Get the Funk Out! on September 13th, 2014.

Well known locally, the Quadraphonnes have been featured on Portland radio stations KMHD 89.1fm & KBOO 91.5fm and at the following festivals:
-Portland Jazz Festival
-Waterfront Blues Festival
-Mt Hood Jazz Festival
-Portland International Film Festival
-North American Saxophone Alliance
-Portland Rose Festival
-Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
-Silverton Jazz Festival
-Washington Park Music Series
-Portland Parks and Lake Oswego Music Series’
-A Celebration of Chance and Listening: John Cage‘s 100th Birthday Celebration

The Quadraphonnes often showcase other talented female guest-musicians whenever they can. They also regularly incorporate a talented rhythm section with Leah Hinchcliff on bass and Ward Griffiths on drums, and they occasionally perform as a classical ensemble with Brandy Keehn on percussion.

General Info

Band Members
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith, Michelle Medler, Chelsea Luker, Mary Sue Tobin, Leah Hinchcliff, Ward Griffiths
Artist Name
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Funk / Jazz / Classical

Contact Info

Portland, OR

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