Something Different for Event Entertainment: Rocking Octet by Divisi Strings

A new and innovative group hits the entertainment scene in Houston – NEW EIGHT-PIECE STRING ENSEMBLE, TATSU.  Not only is Divisi Strings the leader in string quartets in Houston, but now they are going national with Tatsu.  With such a high level collection of talented musicians, they will be a sure success.  This group would be a perfect fit for the client who wants to “WOW” their guests with a unique form of entertainment.

Classical performances get a boost with cutting edge rock-inspired group

Houston-based chamber music agency, Divisi Strings, introduces their newest eight-piece string rock ensemble known as Tatsu—and it’s poised to radically shake up the classical music genre. “It’s a unique concept that’s challenging the traditional way of playing these instruments from a group of fabulously trained classical musicians,” says co-founder Tony Sanville.

A collection of eight string players handling four violins, two violas and two cellos make up Tatsu, which is the Japanese word for dragon and represents the ensemble’s inception during the year of the same. Facing the audience, Tatsu players are seated in two groups of four, much like a mirrored quartet. Together, they produce several layers of music, creating percussive sounds normally only achieved with the assistance of drums and electric guitars, and enhanced by lively violin solos rocketing back and forth between the groups.

Tatsu’s renditions of rock tunes, like the group’s first undertaking “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses, includes classic & folk to modern-day rock pieces from the likes of Metallica, Coldplay, The Animals, System of a Down, Mumford & Sons and more. “We are on the cutting edge of live entertainment,” says Divisi Strings founder Shelli Mathews. “We play music that is popular across generations in an entirely new context.”

Unlike anything they’ve ever done before, Divisi String’s new Tatsu ensemble—consisting of eight dedicated members—is quickly gaining momentum, booking national performances and even recording an EP for radio play. “We wanted to take what we’d been doing in smaller groups, in quartets, multiply it and go even bigger,” says Sanville. “For us, Tatsu is more performance-based as well as recording. We’re really looking forward to releasing our own CDs of music we’ve done.”

Based in Houston, Tatsu will perform in venues around the state and across the country, available for immediate booking. For more information or to reserve Tatsu for an event, call 713.229.8663, email or visit to hear audio samples and please click the Tatsu video teaser below.

About Divisi Strings
Founded in Houston, Texas in October 2006 by Shelli Mathews and Tony Sanville, Divisi Strings first began as a single string quartet focused on weddings and bridal events. They soon expanded to include new concepts, Amp’d and Collide, which perform pop hits and upbeat tunes including a string quartet and a DJ for the latter. Now, Divisi Strings represents an agency of diverse talent that performs around the globe for traditional to contemporary events and everything in between.

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