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“From This Point Forward” included in ‘Ten New Classical Albums’ (Chicago Tribune)

By John von Rhein New albums find Chicago classical musicians, ensembles and composers blazing new artistic paths, moving into unusual areas of the repertory, refusing to be pigeonholed. Here is a sampling of some of the more significant recent releases that…Continue reading

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Labro Featured in Chamber Music America Magazine ‘Art of Opportunity’

By Paul Brady After some serendipitous beginning, a forward-thinking string quartet and a composer/accordionist with deep jazz cred are collaborating on new repertoire for their hybrid ensemble. Lake Michigan’s South Shore is dotted with steel mills and meat-packing plants, rail…Continue reading

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Review: ‘Pushing the South American Envelope’

By Bruce Hodges Inexplicably making their New York debut—only because this cracking, Chicago-based ensemble has been in existence since 2010—the Spektral Quartet packed SubCulture for a concert celebrating its newest recording, From This Point Forward (on Azica Records). Adding to the evening’s many…Continue reading

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Labro featured on The Sound of Applause

Dee Perry chats with Emily Anthes author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts who speaks Friday night at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the Explorer Series. Plus we share the music of local country crooners Rachel &…Continue reading

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The next accordion star: Julien Labro

by Howard Reich May 13, 2014 The accordion doesn’t get much respect in the United States – not since “The Lawrence Welk Show” and uncounted polka bands placed the instrument well outside the realm of chic. Nevertheless, the glorious squeezebox…Continue reading

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Review: Beethoven Festival Abounds With Art

Review: Beethoven Festival, Merit School of Music Sept 10, 14, 2013 by Elliot Mandel @Cello_guy Three quarters of the way through their set of South American music with accordionist Julien Labro at the Merit School of Music Saturday evening, the…Continue reading

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Stylistic Maneuvers

Can’t wait to continue my collaboration with Spektral Quartet, we have some dates coming up this Summer & Fall and recording a CD in late September.  STYLISTIC MANEUVERS Posted by Austin Wulliman on Jul 17, 2013 I’ve never been the kind of musician (or…Continue reading

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Milonga Loca! by Austin Wulliman

Just a few short weeks ago, we Spektrals had the amazing experience of playing with the multi-talented Julien Labro in a set of tangos by Astor Piazzolla.  From word “go” at rehearsal, it was obvious that we were dealing with a musician…Continue reading

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