Turtle Island String Quartet

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Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and Chamber Music NW present The Turtle Island String Quartet.

Since its inception in 1985, Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

In their new Birth of the Cool program, Turtle Island Quartet employs their signature groove-based rhythmic techniques to create brand-new arrangements of cool jazz standards that prove that the line between classical music and jazz is much thinner than one might think. In addition to classics by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Carisi and others, the quartet will premiere a brand-new work by co-founder and violinist David Balakrishnan. Rounding out the program are selections from the Turtle Island Quartet’s latest album, “Confetti Man” for an evening that is typically Turtle Island Quartet’s style – virtuosic, innovative, and utterly surprising and unexpected.

In June 2015 Turtle Island Quartet announced the sensational cello wunderkind, Malcolm Parson, currently of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will join the group in January 2016 upon the departure of original member Mark Summer, who leaves the group to pursue a solo career.
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By: Winningstad Theatre

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