2010 WIJBF Performer Profile: Creaking Tree String QuartetMay 27, 2010
String-band music has long been a staple of Americana. While the four members of Toronto’s Creaking Tree String Quartet pay homage to that tradition, they refuse to be bound by it.
Instead, the technically dazzling outfit uses fingerboards to leap stylistic boundaries and fuse intricate styles. The result is a smartly intellectual and yet deeply moving sound that’s a true Canadian original: jazz forms sliding over a rootsy bluegrass base, with flashes of chamber music, reverence and avant-garde experimentation.