String Theory was birthed from the rambunctious desire to experience the art and joy of busking: street performing. As experienced professional violinists of the concert stage, Sarah Wallin Huff and Dr. Danielle Cummins longed for the chance to play music that they loved from all genres across the musical spectrum, in a casual and spontaneous environment where they could connect intimately with their listeners. Enlisting the help of guitarist/bassist/vocalist Ken Glaser and percussionist Keith Buerger, this most unusual and unlikely quartet first ventured out to perform on the Third Street Promenade of Santa Monica in October 2011. Connecting enthusiastically with the gathering crowds, String Theory’s “Parallel Universes of Sound” offers something for every person in a sincere and engaging musical experience. They continue to delight listeners on the Promenade to this day, as well as intrigue audiences in various settings, such as the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival and formal concert environments and jazz patios: covering favorites from Pink Floyd to Moody Blues and John Lennon to Green Day; performing unique arrangements of Celtic, Bluegrass, and Baroque traditions; and performing originals written by the group’s members.
Sarah Wallin Huff (MA, Music Composition) has been playing the violin since 1989 and has enjoyed extensive musical experience as a performer of all styles in a great variety of groups, recording projects, and solo and ensemble concerts across the USA and eleven European countries, as well as gaining wide-spread success as a music instructor and concert composer. Sarah loves expressing the wonders of the Universe through her highly eclectic tastes of musical styles and eras. Danielle Rosaria Cummins (DMA, Violin Performance) is dedicated to bringing forth truth and beauty through the art of music. She has played throughout Southern California with ensembles such as Musica Angelica, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Long Beach Opera, Con Gioia, the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Riverside County Philharmonic, as well as in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary with the Classical Music Festival. Danielle is the assistant concertmaster of the Riverside Lyric Opera Company and teaches at the Claremont Community School of Music, the University of La Verne, Cal State University San Bernardino, and privately. Ken Glaser is a talented and creative singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who formed his first band at age ten and has been making award-winning music videos since 2007. Ken provides a strong rock, folk, and minimalist sensibility to the group. Percussionist Keith Buerger is as at home performing in venerated halls like the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City or Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as he is playing the spoons on the streets of Santa Monica as a member of String Theory. His influences range from the classical repertoire to the music of video games, and if two items can be rubbed or struck together to make a sound, odds are he’s used them in a performance.
String Theory is a project of passion. We are able to explore a wide variety of musical tastes while maintaining a sound that is truly “String Theory.” Our unique instrumentation and eclectic style embrace all that music is meant to be in its richness and variety.