Founded in 1976 by a group of African American string players in New York City, this remarkable string orchestra performed classical repertoire, new compositions by Black composers, and ground-breaking music for improvising strings.
The String Reunion Some members of TSR, after a record date on 46th Street. NYC, circa 1977 Front row (kneeling) Sandra Billingslea, Winston Collymore, George Taylor. Back row: Akua Dixon, Carl Ector, Maxine Roach, Melvyn Roundtree, Ulysses Kirksey, Gayle Dixon, Clarissa Howell, John Blake, Charles Dalton. Lloyd Carter. Missing from the photo is founder Noel Pointer. Photo by Linda L. Gumbs
The String Reunion 30th Anniversary Sampler
A commemorative recording of this extraordinary group includes five compositions:
The Need to Smile by Sonelius Smith In the Dawn of Time by Carl Ector Afrika! Afrika! (first movement) by Akua Dixon Conversation Piece by Sonelius Smith Simba the Lion by Steve Turre