Desert Quill Quartet is a co-devised group of performer-composers from diverse geographical and musical backgrounds.

Their instrumentation opens an unplaceable and rich acoustic sonic palette—welcoming in improvisatory soundscapes, kinetic grooves, and personal/place-based compositions.

Through multi-disciplinary collaborations, recordings, and live performances, you will hear cued in-the-moment sonic transformations that invite ears of all kinds into worlds that often sound playful, warm, expansive and deeply communicative.

The Desert Quill Quartet—whether moving sound and space with dancers, soundtracking stop animations, or playing on mountain tops, in basements or in concert halls—sparks a fresh and a joyfully far-reaching ethos to contemporary music making and human connection.

The Desert Quill Quartet—whether moving sound and space with dancers, soundtracking stop animations, or playing on mountain tops, in basements or in concert halls—sparks a fresh and a joyfully far-reaching ethos to contemporary music making and human connection.

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Meet the Desert Quill Quartet

Dan González (clarinet)
Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (violin/voice)
Patrick Behnke (viola)
Ben Finley (double bass)

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Gerson Lizama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Q7WR4exrY LISTEN ON Spotify Apple Youtube Gerson Lizama (Viña del Mar Chile) is a composer & performer of Contemporary Guitar music. In July 2019, he launched a solo guitar career....

Rick Alexander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlXY46xyUA4 LISTEN ON Spotify Youtube Rick Alexander’s passion is composing for and playing classical guitar. Rick started composing for guitar in the mid-1990s and has released two CDs...

Desert Quill Quartet

https://youtu.be/qZWV6WVg1f4 LISTEN ON Spotify Soundcloud Youtube Desert Quill Quartet is a co-devised group of performer-composers from diverse geographical and musical backgrounds. Their instrumentation opens an unplaceable and rich acoustic sonic...

Berto Boyd

https://youtu.be/gmRaP5vT4VA?t=104 LISTEN ON Youtube Spotify Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been  playing guitar for over 30 years. A rigorous...

Taro Wayama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDyHJUKW7tg LISTEN ON Spotify Youtube Taro Wayama is a Japanese born guitarist/composer. He is a winner of numerous competitions such as 1st place in the 2003 Aron Green/American...

Leonardo Lucero

https://youtu.be/PZctV_uEpr8 LISTEN ON Spotify Youtube He was born in 1986 in Buenos Aires City, Argentina. He studied at "Ástor Piazzolla" Conservatory. From the beginnig, he gave concerts as...

Desert Quill Quartet News

July 24th | Desert Quill Quartet | Single “Nightbloom”

Desert Quill Quartet (DQQ) is a performer-composer collective featuring Dan Gonzalez (clarinet), Yvette Holzwarth (violin), Patrick Behnke (viola), and Ben Finley (double bass). In February...

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May 28th | Rick Alexander – New Single “Dawn”

Rick Alexander (Australian performer and composer) released his new SINGLE  "Dawn", now available in all digital platforms. Notes from Rick: I'm very pleased to release "Dawn"....

Jan 8th | Rick Alexander – New Single “Solace”

Rick Alexander (Australian performer and composer) released his new SINGLE  "Solace", now available in all digital platforms. Notes from Rick:I'm very glad to release "Solace". ...

Nov 6th | Gerson Lizama – New EP “6 Miniaturas a lo vivido”

Gerson Lizama (Viña del Mar, Chile) is a composer & performer of Contemporary Guitar. In July 2019 he launched his career as a solo guitarist,...

Oct 30th | Gerson Lizama – New Single “El Ritual de los Oniros”

Gerson Lizama (Viña del Mar, Chile) is a composer & performer of Contemporary Guitar.  In July 2019 he launched his career as a solo guitarist,...