Classical meets R&B and more
The sound of SistaStrings can't be described in one word. This Milwaukee-based sister duo combines their classical background with R&B and a touch of gospel influence that culminates in a "vibey, lush sound." With thick string harmonies between violin and cello and soulful voices, SistaStrings takes you on a journey. Formed in 2014 after the sisters graduated from college, Chauntee and Monique from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the sisters began doing string arrangements for local hip-hop artists, and the rest is history. Slowly but surely, SistaStrings built a following and began playing more shows, with collaboration being one of their strongest points. The sisters not only write and arrange but find pleasure sitting in with musicians and exploring what sounds come from improvisation and spontaneity. SistaStrings can often be found playing alongside singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey, and their classical background allows them to command their instruments at will. SistaStrings has performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, with Malik Yusef, and they have opened for Black Violin, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Lupe Fiasco, BJ The Chicago Kid, and The Roots. Outside of playing music venues, SistaStrings goes into schools and conducts assemblies, encouraging young people to pursue the arts and to not be afraid of hard work. They just released their debut EP, "Lift."