Getting a boost to the big stage. TSTT helps Alternative Quartet take their sound international

Trinidad - Alternative Quartet is ready to take the next step. Since 2005 the ensemble has entertained audiences in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider region with their fusion of classical music and contemporary genres. The four musicians have grown to become a popular feature on the entertainment scene, known for their creative reinterpretations of popular songs, musical expertise and their sleek and stylish amplified string instruments. Now they are ready to take their sound international. And with sponsorship from TSTT that goal is already in their sights.

“The only way to really make progress internationally is to have our own original recorded music,” says Andre Donawa – group founder, band leader, musical director and lead violinist of Alternative Quartet. “One of the major things we are trying to do this year is record a CD and shoot a music video. Thanks to TSTT we are now able to move forward with that dream.”

Andre, the acknowledged “cornerstone” of the quartet is a triple champion of the National Music Festival in the violin category. He is currently pursuing his BA in Musical Arts at the University of the West Indies. Alternative Quartet’s other violinist is also named Andre, Andre Comeau. Andre is also a National Music Festival winner as well as a former member of the National Youth Orchestra. Besides playing he also teaches music and works with the underprivileged.

Nariba Herbert, Alternative Quartet’s viola player, is also a music teacher and former member of the National Youth Orchestra. The quartet’s cellist, Kyle Lee Lum, is another three-time National Music Festival winner as well as a former member of the National Youth Orchestra.

“These are extremely talented musicians,” Dianna de Souza, TSTT’s Vice President of Customer Service and Marketing said, “but they are also upstanding citizens who engage with the community – whether through teaching or community work. This was a major point of consideration for us when we decided to sponsor them. TSTT is a committed to supporting culture, youth and community. It is a pleasure to sponsor a group whose work affects all these areas.”

The Alternative Quartet, already known to local and regional audiences for their classical-influenced reinterpretations of soca, dancehall, pop and R&B, see the new sponsorship from TSTT as a means to help them produce and record original music, an important step towards international recognition.

“We appreciate the support from TSTT tremendously,” Andre Donawa said.