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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“....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...