The Rock Island Orchestra is hosting the two time Grammy winning jazz String Quartet "The Turtle Island String Quartet" on October 6th at 7:00 PM at the RIHS Auditorium. Students will perform side by side with them in an exciting concert celebrating the music of the legendary John Coltrane. Tickets are $15 adults/ $10 students.
Since its inception in 1985, the 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.
The Quartet's birth was the result of violinist David Balakrishnan's brainstorming explorations and compositional vision while completing his master's degree program at Antioch University West. The journey has taken Turtle Island through forays into folk, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, new age, rock, hip-hop, as well as music of Latin America and India…a repertoire consisting of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals.
The event is supported in part by the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series.