K-12 In-School Performances

Turtle Island Quartet

“A STERLING EXAMPLE OF FIRST-RATE JAZZ MUSIC-MAKING”
Los Angeles Times
“THE STRINGS SING, NOT LIKE ANGELS, BUT LIKE THEY'VE BEEN AROUND. THE IMPROVISATIONS HANG TOUGH, SOLIDLY BUILT AND TAKE NO BACK TALK FROM ANYBODY.”
The Seattle Post-Intelligence
“EXCELLENT PRECISION AND MUSICALITY”
The Washington Post
“PLAYS WITH ENERGY AND INVENTIVENESS”
The New York Times

Watch

Turtle Island Quartet - Strings Session
Turtle Island Quartet w/ Cyrus Chestnut - Ruby My Dear
Turtle Island Quartet - Subconscious-Lee

Listen

Turtle Island Quartet
Confetti Mind (Balakrishnan) Confetti Mind (Balakrishnan)
Windspan (Mintzer) Windspan (Mintzer)
Bouncin' with Bud (Powell) Bouncin' with Bud (Powell)
Have You Ever Been (Hendrix) Have You Ever Been (Hendrix)
1983...A Merman I Should Turn to Be (Hendrix) 1983...A Merman I Should Turn to Be (Hendrix)
La Danse du Bonheur (McLaughlin/Shankar) La Danse du Bonheur (McLaughlin/Shankar)
So What (Davis) So What (Davis)
Turtle Island Quartet with Liz Carroll
Lake Effect Lake Effect
Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut
Jungle Blues (Morton) Jungle Blues (Morton)
Rhythm-A-Ning (Monk) Rhythm-A-Ning (Monk)
Turtle Twist (Morton) Turtle Twist (Morton)

Birth of the Cool - Touring 16-17


Reaching for lyricism and gentler textures as a reaction to the fiery sounds of bebop, the renowned musicians who performed on the seminal recording, Birth of the Cool, consider it a tipping point towards the style that became known as “Cool Jazz.” The living embodiment of cool, Miles Davis, and his colleagues, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, etc., set the table for a slew of legendary groups that shared their vision. From the Modern Jazz Quartet and Gunther Schuller of third stream music, to the west coast sounds of the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond, to the iconoclastic melodic lines of pianist Lennie Tristano and his disciples Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, their particular brand of innovative genius echoed into the myriad jazz fusion blends of the seventies and eighties. Ultimately, this created the perfect conditions for an audacious group of four string players equally grounded in jazz improvisation and classical technique, to split the Eurocentric string quartet atom.

In addition to employing their signature groove-based rhythmic techniques to transform classic selections from the recording of Birth of the Cool such as Israel, Venus De Milo, and Jeru into jazz string quartet masterpieces, the two time GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet will take a wide swath through the many other avenues traversed by these intrepid explorers of cool. Perennial favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo A La Turk and Gerry Mulligan’s Bernie’s Tune conjoin with Miles Davis’s dreamy Miles Ahead, and the Modern Jazz Quartet’s darker Django. The program will also feature original compositions that share the cross genre musical stamp endemic to this hallowed mode of jazz music making.