Horizontal TabsDescription Friction Quartet's performances have been called "terribly beautiful" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "stunningly passionate" (Calgary Herald) and "chillingly effective" (San Francisco Examiner). The group exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire, taking risks to enlarge the audience's understanding of what a string quartet can be through arrangements of pop music, the use of digital sound processing, percussion, amplification, movement, and by combining music with other media such as dance and film. Since forming in 2011, Friction has given 70 world premiere performances and commissioned 32 works for string quartet. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho which they debuted in November 2016 with Jenny Q Chai. They have also been awarded grants from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Zellerbach Family Foundation. Friction is currently artist in residence at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and Old First Concerts. They were Ensemble In Residence at the Center for New Music and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music in 2016. In 2014, Friction was selected as one of eleven artists featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s On the Rise issue.