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The Austin 100: Invoke

Jonathan Timmes
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Hometown: Austin, Texas

Genre: Classical / Folk

Why We're Excited: Though Invoke is technically a classical string quartet, the boundaries of its genre classification are blurry at best. For one, Nick Montopoli's violin and Karle Mitze's viola often get swapped out for a banjo and a mandolin, respectively, en route to rustic forays into various strains of Americana: Appalachian fiddle music, bluegrass and so on. It all sounds impeccable without losing its sense of lightness and joy — no small feat.

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