It all started in 2012 in the heart of midtown Detroit. Four friends were studying music at Wayne State University and wanted to form a string ensemble which challenged the classical stereotype of playing string instruments. Through experimentation of electronic effects, and different genres of music, IL Segreto String Quartet was born!
Each Member of IL Segreto is classically trained with tutelage from prominent Michigan string performers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra members. Outside of their unanimous classical background they each bring a unique style to the ensemble. Jennifer brings bluegrass and Celtic influences, Olivia rocks some alternative styles, Joe rages with some rock and mariachi, and Michael is all about that punk and jazz. The drummer Mike adds the true feel of rock and roll with his killer beats. All of the string players in ISSQ are public school music teachers in the Metro Detroit Area.
IL Segreto plays everything from Bach and Beethoven to Sonic Youth, Pish, and MUSE. You can catch ISSQ performing all over Detroit including Campus Martius, Black Lotus Brewery, New Center Park, your local gas station, Ann Arbor street fair, and your mom’s backyard. We are especially popular at weddings! In 2014 and 2016 ISSQ won a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Small Classical Ensemble”.