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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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    Have You Ever Been....? : The Music of Jimi Hendrix and David...

    Telarc Records
    2010
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    A Love Supreme - The Legacy Of John Coltrane

    Frémeaux & Associés
    2007
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    A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane

    Telarc Records
    2007
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Featured recording “Have You Ever Been....? : The Music of Jimi Hendrix and David Balakrishnan”

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Have You Ever Been....? : The Music of Jimi Hendrix and David Balakrishnan

Telarc Records (2010)

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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...

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