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Turtle Island Quartet

Its name derived from creation mythology found in Native American Folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed Turtle Island to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground �” authentic and passionate �” a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” 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....
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“A standard beyond the reach of its few contemporaries... In the multifarious idiom they have all but invented, Turtle Island remains the ne plus ultra.” --Los Angeles Times

“....zest, imagination and brilliant technique...” --San Francisco Examiner

“It must have been like this when Beethoven was taking Vienna by storm �” the exhilaration of see the future of classical music unfold before your eyes and ears.” --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“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

“...intellectually engaging, technically dazzling and emotionally rich...” --The Birmingham News

“Impeccable precision in its pitch and coordination...ebullient!” -New York Times

“It’s group string jazz at its finest, not only brilliantly conceived but brilliantly played as well, by master-musicians having a wonderful time with their own wit and humor and imagination. --Sacramento Bee

“At some other time, in some other venue, I may have heard a better live performance. But I doubt it... astonishing virtuosos... the quartet’s performance was breathtaking...” --Nashville Scene

“Innovators to the core, the group was founded on an exploration of forms that had never been attempted in a traditional string quartet format. And they did it with amazing power and finesse. Their brilliant leads rise and subside seamlessly into the ensemble sound, keeping the focus on story line and rhythmic pulse and leading their listeners deeper into a comforting musical spell...” --The Oregonian

“This unique, jazzy four piece continues to entertain with its distinctive brand of tight, impressive bow-ery in motions.” --Billboard Magazine

“While the respected Kronos Quartet visits...the frontiers of jazz, bluegrass, world music and even Jimi Hendrix; Turtle Island dwells in them, and stands tradition on its civilized ear.” --People Magazine

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