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88 Strings

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…plucked string heaven… audience member attending our first public appearance June 9, 2022

88 Strings is a Canadian quartet that mixes traditional Chinese, Persian and Western plucked instruments, presenting new musical inventions and adventures written or arranged specifically for our group. Described by an audience member as "plucked string heaven," our unique sound blends classical and world music together in an enveloping and often hypnotic music.

The ensemble was formed as an initiative of the Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra (VICO) in 2020, who sponsored our first activities giving composer workshops and concerts.

Our first “public” performances took place during VICO’s The Longest Night: Music For Solstice (Solace) in December 2020, performances presented as a series of videos. Below is a selection of these wonderful recordings.

88 Strings gave their first performance in front of an enthusiastic live audience on June 9, 2022 at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver as part of VICO's Global Soundscapes Festival.

Our First Public Performance
Live in concert June 9

The musicians

Dailin Hsieh, guzheng
Joy Yeh, harp
John Oliver, guitar
Ali Razmi, tar

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Our Video Gallery of performances

88 Strings is available to perform programs of music of between 30 to 60 minutes duration. We are particularly interested in performing at intercultural events.