Turtle Island Quartet plays Jimi Hendrix at the Colonial [Berkshire on Stage]

February 14th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

Guitar and controlled feedback master Jimi Hendrix reinterpreted for a string quartet? Hearing is believing. We are in for a real adventure in creativity as classical/jazz fusion trendsetters, the Turtle Island Quartet celebrates the music of Hendrix with their dynamic Have You Ever Been…? program on Friday, February 17th at 8 pm at The Colonial Theatre. This innovative classical quartet defies musical definition by reaching across musical genres and creating a sound never heard before. Just take a listen to this reinterpretation of “House Burning Down”. Hendrix created a blues style that was unique, and shines through here.

Through their exploration of jazz, classical, American vernacular and world music styles, the Turtle Island Quartet has taken its audiences on a journey through many musical genres, eras, and places—the American landscape, Latin America, Europe and India to name a few. Now, the two time Grammy® winning quartet is tackling works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music including Turtle Island Quartet founder David Balakrishnan’s new composition “Tree of Life.”

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LIVE: Turtle Island Quartet @ The Egg, 4/11/10

April 12th, 2010, 1:06 pm by Greg

Turtle Island is a special place.

In modern myth, it’s considered a Native American name for North America. In musical myth, it’s the name of a pioneering group of musicians who freely fire-dance across genres in search of new sounds and new joy.

On Sunday night, the Turtle Island Quartet came to The Egg in Albany, joined for the evening by mandolinist and old friend, Mike Marshall. Together, the five men made all kinds of music, borrowing here from John Coltrane, there from Eric Clapton, and, to complete the circle, from Stanley Clarke – with a tune dedicated to Coltrane.

In between, Marshall and founding members, cellist Mark Summers and violinist David Balakrishnan, led their own compositions – each as impressive as the next.

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David Balakrishnan, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

April 9th, 2010, 1:45 pm by Greg

David Balakrishnan“I bought two at the same time, and I still love those two records. One was Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Again,’ and the other was the Doors’ album ‘Strange Days.’

“That music was almost like an out-of-body experience for me.”

Violinist David Balakrishnan and the other members of the Turtle Island String Quartet jazz up The Egg in Albany on Sunday (April 11) with mandolin master Mike Marshall.

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