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)

Bird's Eye View: The Legend of Charlie Parker - Touring 17-18


In this high flying program, the two-time GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet, pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop style into art music, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America.

Iconic Charlie Parker classics such as Ornithology, KoKo and Dewey Square are juxtaposed with original responses by quartet members, and intertwined with other thematic pieces from the bebop era and beyond such as Sonny Rollins’ Airegin, Bird Calls by Charlie Mingus and Too High by Stevie Wonder. GRAMMY®-nominated composer David Balakrishnan contributes his newly commissioned work, Aeroelasticity: Harmonies Of Impermanence.*

Turtle Island draws its primary focus and musical identity from the individual creative voices of the ensemble who are at home in folk, pop and jazz. It continues to recalibrate the foundational parameters of the traditional string quartet form, in a sense coming from the other direction.

*Aeroelasticity: Harmonies Of Impermanence is made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.