Other Projects

Acoustic Cuisine

Acoustic Cuisine is a multisensory food and music experience that was made possible as part of a grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. The hour long work for chamber ensemble showcased Byers' compositions alongside a synergetic tasting menu from Cafe Alma’s Chef de Cuisine Matti Sprague. Audience members at the original performance were able to try six hors d'oeuvres while listening to Byers’ musical compliment. Watch the mini-documentary here!

The String Showdown

More interactive than a band, more exciting than a DJ, more unique than dueling pianos… The String Showdown is about to be your new favorite act for corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, and more! As a dueling string duo, they rock you with a mishmash of your favorite hits from radio, TV, and movies compelling your audience to clap, dance and sing along. You’ll be amazed at their instrumental prowess while you crack up at their irreverent, family-friendly humor.

Minneapolis String Project

Exceptional musical talents converge in the Minneapolis String Project; a high-energy trio that’s breaking boundaries through eclectic pop/funk covers and genre-defying original works. Ernest Bisong, David Feily and Greg Byers deviates from the standard repertoire of classical or bluegrass instruments and instead draws from jazz, fusion, rock, soul, folk, and Brazilian music influences. Their original compositions expand the conventional use of the many instruments they play. Live performances leave audiences dazzled by their technical wizardry, simpatico improvisation, and engaging on-stage presence.

Memento Anima

Memento Anima is a suite for looped cello by Greg Byers with visual accompaniment (by Hannah Nemer). It premiered at Art-A-Whirl 2016 and showed at the Rochester International Fringe Festival 2017; studio version coming soon!

Raquel Sofia

Singer Raquel Sofia has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira. But these days, she's got her own new album and tour, leading a small band of gifted musicians. Sofia's songs are about matters of the heart — and, as you'll hear in her performance, it's hard to believe that feeling bad can sound this good.

 

Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade

A messy folk orchestra that tries to combine the best elements of a stadium rock show with the best elements of a campfire singalong.