Originally founded in New Orleans by Percussionist and Composer, Louis Romanos, the Louis Romanos Quartet (LRQ) relocated to beautiful Athens, Georgia after Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. The LRQ features Dan Sumner on guitar, Alex Noppe on trumpet and Neal Starkey on acoustic bass. The LRQ tours the mainland U.S.A. in the Southeast region and west, Hawaii and Europe. The LRQ also scored and performed live movie syncing for Edison’s Elekrisches Theater at Werkstatt für Kunstprojekte in Leipzig, Germany.The music that Mr. Romanos composes reinterprets both traditional and modern jazz, interweaving Latin, bebop, and New Orleans street beat rhythms with profound melodies to create a playful, rhythmically driven, compelling sound. The future of LRQ is perpetually unfolding. Mr. Romanos is currently working on string arrangements of his music, bridging the jazz and classical worlds in search of an even more compelling sound.
As educators the LRQ are in the process of creating a sustainable music education program in Maui and Oahu. They are working closely with the Makana Aloha Foundation and AECG to bring music to Maui and Oahu. On the mainland the LRQ regularly perform music clinics at universities, high schools and elementary schools. In Europe Mr. Romanos gives clinics on American music and New Orleans drumming. We believe music can help children be better students and lead more fulfilling lives.