The Tet Offensive Plays The Music Of Nirvana
In August, New Haven string-quartet powered rock band, the Tet Offensive, performed an all-strings arrangement of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” in its entirety at Sidewalk Café in New York City. On April 5th, the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, the Tet Offensive will give “Nevermind” its New Haven premiere at Café Nine.
The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by singer and composer Brian Robinson, featuring musicians trained at some of the top music schools in the country, from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music. Formed in New York City, the Tet Offensive played to audiences at CBGBs and the Knitting Factory covering bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and the Bee Gees. Now based in New Haven, CT, the Tet Offensive has become a formidable ensemble, performing original songs that dig deep into the uncomfortable tracts of the human condition, strongly influenced by bands like Radiohead, and Nick Cave. It’s the Tet Offensive’s mission to show that traditionally “classical” instruments have just as much bite and visceral energy as the standard rock quartet, and can send audiences into the same energetic throes as guitar, bass and drum-fueled ensembles.