Summer Soundtracks

This summer has been about exploration and reflection. All four members of ISQ have been travelling: performing, studying, and gathering inspiration in Wisconsin, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, and Arizona. With Emily, Madeline, and Betsy now back in L.A., we are putting that inspiration to good use developing this season’s programs, attending concerts, and finding opportunities to play with some of our favorite artists.  Through all of these adventures, it is apparent how important music is to our daily lives. ALL kinds of music. We’ve each developed our own soundtracks for road trips, daily commutes, running, working, relaxing, etc.  

As classical musicians, we are often asked what kind of music we listen to when we’re not performing. In the spirit of exploration, we thought we’d share some snapshots of a few of our summer soundtracks:


The Bad Plus- Giant
Son Lux- Easy
Sylvan Esso- Could I Be
Beck- Loser
Pixies- Where Is My Mind?
Kiesza- Hideaway
Eighth Blackbird- Roshanne Etezady: Damaged Goods, IV. Eleventh Hour
Dirty Projectors- Rise Above
Bobby- Sore Spores
Hilary Hahn and Valentina Lisista- Charles Ives: Violin Sonata No. 2, III. The Revival


The Ex & Tom Cora- State of Shock
Jaguar Love- I Started a Fire 
The Bamboos- Helpless Blues
Twin Sister- Kimmi in a Rice Field
Os Mutantes- Meu refrigerador  não funciona
Loretta Lynn- High on a Mountain Top 
Helen Money- Rift
Laura Sheeran- Sleep Fucking
Nina Nastasia - Ocean


Viviane Hagner - Unsuk Chin: Violin Concerto, Mvt I 
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys - I’m Working on a Building 
Bryan Titus- Cooper House Blues
Louis Armstrong - Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
Moondog - Bird’s Lament
Tom Waits - All the World is Green
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, I. Allegretto
Jacques Loussier - Bach: Prelude No. 1 in C Major
Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma - Attaboy
Man Man - Head On [Hold on to Your Heart]