Our Mission

The mission of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his l’Histoire du Soldat ensemble.  Stravinsky, enamored by the unusual combination of instruments — violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion  — thought that others would follow his lead, and that this unique blend of musicians, the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family, would travel the world playing the music of many composers.  While Stravinsky’s contemporaries were seemingly not up to the task, it is the goal of Deviant Septet to bring his idea to life by creating a repertoire for this distinctive ensemble.  Contemporary composers jump at the chance to solve Stravinsky’s riddles, and Deviant Septet stands alone among the world’s new music collectives, as it is the only ensemble consisting solely of this instrumentation.