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Irene Sazer

Irene Sazer: Known internationally as a founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet, violinist Irene Sazer has won acclaim as a soloist, concertmaster, recording artist, and respected educator. Sazer is an in-demand genre-hopping violinist and fiddler of many styles. She founded Real Vocal String Quartet and the School of Strings and String Improvisation in Berkeley, California. Sazer’s own recording First Things First highlights her original voice as a singer and songwriter. She has recorded and/or performed with Jai Uttal, Ali Akbar Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Smoky Robinson, David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt, Bjork, Maria Marquez, and Billy Joel and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and concert halls around the world. Sazer has recently been awarded a Gerbode Special Award in the Arts for a body of work created for Real Vocal String Quartet to be premiered in 2019.