Invert is a New York City based string quartet performing original new music by its members and unique arrangements of works by composers from all ages. It literally inverts the format of the traditional quartet by featuring a bottom heavy two cello line-up, with violin & viola completing its spectrum.
Invert's compositions range from dark moody pieces evocative soundtracks from expressionist cinema to driving works drawing their rhythmic inspiration from rock and jazz. It blends melodicism, improvisation, minimalism and a playful sense of experimentation in a modern update of classical chamber music.
The roots of Invert began in September 1998 when cellist Chris George took an ad out in the New York Press seeking string players to work on his compositions, originally scored for multiple cellos. Among those responding was cellist Steve Berson, and the two began working together immediately.
Invert was founded in January 1999 when violinist Helen Yee joined Chris and Steve, and its line up was finalized in June 1999 with the addition of violist Asha Mevlana. Since it's first performance in August 1999 at the Collective Unconscious, Invert has performed regularly to packed houses at various New York alternative performance spaces.
In the past four years they have shared bills with recording artists as diverse as Rachel's, Mission of Burma, Tom Chiu, Rasputina, and Quasi, have performed live on free-form radio's greatest bastion, WFMU, and are featured backing Guided By Voices on GBV's 2002 release "Universal Truths & Cycles."
Their first CD features six original compositions by members Chris George, Steven Berson and Helen Yee and was digitally recorded at Brooklyn's Looming Productions and by The LAProom Mobile at Helen Yee's former Upper West-side apartment.
Invert's full length second CD, "Between The Seconds" was released by Capstone Records in January 2004, and is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/invert2