Playing “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer, Julie Yoon violin; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) reaches from the concert hall into clubs, bars and galleries, expanding the places to hear live classical music while returning chamber music to its roots in intimate spaces. Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as “vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time,” the Chiara is also continually finding new meaning within pieces from the well-established quartet canon. Their style is best described as a nonstop journey to the edge of expressive possibility: “luminous,” “searing,” (New York Times) “soulful,” “biting,” and possessing a “potent collective force” (Strings Magazine). Their album Jefferson Friedman: Quartets, released in Spring 2011 includes Friedman’s String Quartets Nos. 2 (1999) and 3 (2005) along with remixes of the quartets by electronica duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt). The album was met with critical acclaim, called “exciting, vivacious, and downright gorgeous” by The San Francisco Chronicle and “a bravura performance” (The Juilliard Journal). Friedman’s quartets are performed frequently, and The New York Times notes that they “deserve to be heard as classics of this decade.” The two quartets were performed by Chiara to a enthusiastic standing room audience at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge in May 2011.