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Turtle Island Quartet: Island Prayers
The Turtle Island Quartet, a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music, fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles.
Sunday, Oct 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
- A: $60
- B: $45
- C: $35
*Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is the only authorized ticket seller for this performance.
About the Event
Experience four brand-new works from Turtle Island Quartet! Since its inception in 1985, the group has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings, as the quartet’s signature style has fused jazz, American roots, and new, innovative string techniques. Winners of the 2006 and 2008 Grammys® for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island has merged the classical quartet instrumentation with contemporary American musical styles. And now, they embark on a new adventure!
In the past three years, the group—resident composer, artistic director, and violinist David Balakrishnan with violinist Gabriel Terracciano, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit, and cellist Naseem Alatrash—has transitioned from an ensemble that primarily features a variety of arranged works to one that commissions and creates original music. A major statement in this realm, Island Prayers is an ambitious, multi-composer extravaganza, co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Meany Performing Arts Center, The Music Hall (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), Savannah Music Hall, and Emory University. The project features works written by the quartet’s founder Balakrishnan; six-time Grammy®-winner and double Oscar® nominee Terence Blanchard; MacArthur Genius fellow, singer, and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens; and New Music USA composer-in-residence and Joyce Award winner Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate.
This group of crossover musicians will bring you an unforgettable evening of new music!
Turtle Island Quartet
David Balakrishnan, resident composer, artistic director, and violinist
Gabriel Terracciano, violinist
Benjamin von Gutzeit, violist
Naseem Alatrash, cellist
David Balakrishnan, “Little Mouse Jumps”
Rhiannon Giddens, “Pompey Ran Away” * (AZ Premiere)
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, “Little Loksi’” * (AZ Premiere)
David Balakrishnan, “Island Prayers” * (AZ Premiere)
David Balakrishnan, “Groove in the Louvre”
David Balakrishnan, “Darkness Dreaming”
Terence Blanchard, “Turtle Trajectory” * (AZ Premiere)
David Balakrishnan, “The Second Wave”
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Meany Center for the Performing Arts
The Music Hall Portsmouth
Savannah Music Festival
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts – Emory University