About Outliers:

Known as a "virtuosic ensemble with an original and risk-taking vision" - (Audiophile Audition Magazine), no group has been more influential in the development of the string quintet than Sybarite5. In 2018, Sybarite5 released second full-length album OUTLIERS, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Charts and showcasing the exceptional results of a decade devoted to the creation and performance of new American concert music. 

Each track has been carefully selected to demonstrate the decade of musical growth and relationships developed between Sybarite5 and these accomplished American composers. Sybarite5 has worked directly and personally with each composer to understand how to best communicate their musical intentions, and creating definitive recordings of these pieces helps disseminate the breadth of new music now available for this instrumentation. 


Track list:

The album features original music composed by: 

1.) JESSICA MEYER, Getting Home, (I Must Be...) (2015): 

2.) SHAWN CONLEY: Yann's Flight (2013) 

3.) ERIC BYERS, Pop Rocks (2013) 

4-6.) DAN VISCONTI: Hitchhiker's Tales (2006-2012) 

7.) ANDY AKIHO: Revolve (2012) 

8.) MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Muqqadamah (2014) 

9.) KENJI BUNCH: Allemande pour Tout le Monde (2015) 

10.) DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN: Kompa For Toussaint (2015) 

11.) ERIC BYERS, Sarabande (2014) 

12.) MICHI WIANCKO: Blue Bourée (2014) 

13.) LEV ‘LJOVA’ ZHURBIN: Gi-Gue-Ly (2015) 



About Sybarite5:


“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first group of its kind to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.


Sami Merdinian & Sarah Whitney, violins
Angela Pickett, viola
Laura Metcalf, cello
Louis Levitt, double bass

Photo credit: Matthew Holler
Album cover art: Modern Dog Design
Album design: Michael Muscarella
Executive Producer: Louis Levitt
Engineered by Paul Zinman
Mixed & Mastered by Paul Zinman
Recorded at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn NY
Manufactured in the USA
Copyright Bright Shiny Things LLC
Release date: January 26, 2018
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