Turtle Island Quartet - Bird’s Eye View: The Legend of Charlie Parker
Walker Recital Hall
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm
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. 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 also contributes his newly commissioned work, Aeroelasticity: Harmonies Of Impermanence.
Its name derived from creation mythology found in Native American folklore, Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings since its inception in 1985. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles. Cellist nonpareil 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.”