Drawing from thirty-five years of performances and recordings, An Evening with Turtle Island Quartet includes a wide range of original music written and performed by artistic director, resident composer and violinist David Balakrishnan with violinist Gabriel Terracciano, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit and cellist Malcolm Parson.
The program will include Balakrishnan’s GRAMMY®-nominated “Confetti Man” and his recent composition “The Second Wave,” with occasional additions of the latest works by Terence Blanchard, Edgar Meyer, Wayne Shorter and others. This latest program is the first of many that will celebrate this unique quartet and the brain child of Balakrishnan, focusing on both music written for the quartet andmusic written in the last decade by great pioneers in jazz & American roots music.
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
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