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World’s First String Quartet for Bluetooth Violin Bow

Technology embraces tradition with the premier of “Polar Suite,” the world’s first string quartet composed for and performed with K-Bow, a Bluetooth Sensor Bow designed by Berkeley based Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI).

Kronos will perform “Polar Suite” by Douglas Quin at Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts on November 9, 2011 at 8pm, as part of the Kronos weeklong residency.


Left to Right, David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Keith McMillen (inventor of K-Bow), Douglas Quin (composer), Hank Dutt (viola), Jeff Zeigler (cello).

Composed by Quin, hailed as the “Audubon of Audio” by the Washington Post, “Polar Suite” integrates the sounds of traditional instruments processed with captured sounds all controlled by movements of KMI’s K-Bow. K-Bow is a Kevlar and graphite bow that seamlessly integrates sensors and CPUs with the feel of a traditional violin bow. “Polar Suite” brings together violin, viola, cello, digitally processed samples and interactive electronics controlled by the K-Bow.

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