The Section Quartet is a string quartet that is based in Los Angeles, California. Emerging in 1998, Section features Eric Gorfain and Daphne Chen on violin, Lauren Chipman on viola, and Richard Dodd on cello. It specializes in turning popular rock songs into classical quartet pieces. They are especially known for creating all-string version albums of Radiohead, Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, and Tool. They have also performed on many popular music albums, ranging from Christina Aguilera’s album Stripped, to Finch’s album What It Is to Burn. The group has musical contribution on many original movie soundtracks such as Whip It!, Underworld, Southland Tales, I Heart Huckabees, and Saw.
December 3, 2012
The jubilant and charming Section Quartet sit down with Grant-Lee Phillips and talk about how they transitioned from classic orchestra to alternative rock on this weeks Shortwave. They discuss challenging the musical establishment, who gets the title of first violin, and what it’s like to work with everyone from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre. Richard on the cello talks about buying plane tickets for his cello and what he names it and the band talks about what it was like to score Drew Barrymore’s first film. We also get treated to some live songs performed in studio including covers of Radiohead and The Postal Service. Their sound is incredible. Don’t miss it!