Arts Center - Music Fridays

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Subject: Arts Center - Music Fridays
Date: February 23rd 2016

This week on Music Fridays, 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. Winner of the 2006 and most recently, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, 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. 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.”


Turtle Island Quartet will be performing a full program on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm in the Playhouse Theatre in the MAC. Tickets available at the MAC ticket office. 

The Friday noon lecture/demonstration will focus on the fundamental rhythmic differences between European classical and American vernacular forms, using the rich historical connection to the traditional string quartet as the point of departure for a cross-cultural musical journey that begins with Mozart and ends with.…Turtle Island! Turtle Island identifies the "back-beat" as the key, unveiling it in its various stylistic guises with the help of the audience, and then the quartet embarks on a simple and methodical layering of the basic building blocks employed in creating a jazz string combo, one instrument at a time. Turtle Island discusses the various performance practices that allow it all to happen, including innovative percussive techniques, emulation of other instruments (saxophone, guitar, trumpet, bass, etc.), neo-classical phrasing, composition and arranging, and basics of improvisation. Also touched upon are bowing techniques borrowed from American fiddle styles, 60’s rock ala Jimi Hendrix, R&B ala Tower Of Power, clave rhythms of Latin American music, and Carnatic Indian tabla grooves. Throughout all, the back-beat rules.



As usual, 

Noon, MAC 140, free admission. 


Next week:  COD music alum Kevin O'Donnell talks about his life in the music business.

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