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Section Quartet Plays Classics, Classic Rock

Of the Oakland Press

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The Section Quartet enjoys a kind of “dual life,” according to founder and violinist Eric Gorfain.

By day, the classically trained ensemble plays recording sessions, often for rock acts such as Foo Fighters, Maroon5, Wilco, Sam Phillips and others. But some nights, it can be found billing itself as “the world’s loudest string quartet” and playing instrumental string quartet versions of rock songs at clubs — many of which appear on TSQ’s albums, including a series of individual artist tributes and this year’s multi-artist “Fuzzbox.”

“As classical musicians, we’re basically cover musicians, playing music that, in general, was written anywhere from 50 to 200, 300 years ago,” says Gorfain, 38, who also toured with Led Zeppelin principals Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1976.

“This is doing something similar in a new vein — instead of Mozart and Beethoven, taking (Radiohead’s) Thom Yorke and Jimmy Page and reinterpreting their music. That keeps us pretty busy.”

The group’s show next week in Ferndale will include a special treat; a recitation of Radiohead’s 1997 album “OK Computer” in its entirety, one of four front-to-back performances of the album TSQ plans for its current tour.

“It’s such a great album to begin with,” Gorfain explains. “It’s a concept album in its own right, and it’s great to be able to show these great compositions and put them in a new genre and show that it’s just great writing, no matter how they’re performed.”

The Section Quartet and Sara Celina perform Sunday (Nov. 11) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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