In 2003 Marty Ehrlich was seen at the North Sea Jazz Festival together with the Andrew Hill Sextet. Now, the New York sax and clarinet player will be performing with his own quartet for the first time. Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet is a lively group of musicians, who are all very well-known on the New York jazz scene. Ehrlich has been playing since the 1970s. His name has appeared on over a hundred records and he has worked with various artists, such as Ray Anderson, Chico Hamilton, John Zorn and many others. Ehrlich's quartet further consists of improvising cellist Hank Roberts, trumpeter James Zollar, who used to play in The Duke Ellington Orchestra and other ensembles, and drummer Michael Sarin, the heart of the avant-garde scene in New York. Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet is the top of the bill of contemporary improvised music. The quartet skillfully switches from lyrical to swinging jazz, and from introverted melancholy to exuberant joy.