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TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET

TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET

“a sterling example of first-rate jazz music-making”

-Los Angeles Times

“(Turtle Island) plays with energy and inventiveness”

-The New York Times

“Excellent precision and musicality”

-The Washington Post

WATCH

Turtle Island Quartet - Strings Session
Turtle Island Quartet w/ Cyrus Chestnut - Ruby My Dear
Turtle Island Quartet - Subconscious-Lee

LISTEN

Turtle Island Quartet
La Danse du Bonheur (McLaughlin/Shankar)
Turtle Island Quartet with Liz Carroll
Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut

JELLY, RAGS & MONK – TOURING 16-17

with special guest Cyrus Chestnut

The extraordinary jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, and the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet are back together, displaying their formidable collective virtuosity. Making soulful and sweet connections that delve deeply into the jazz and classical traditions, the quintet embraces a range of composers on this brand new program- from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.

Back when sheet music was the means of musical transmission, in the hands of composers like Debussy and Stravinsky, ragtime found its way into the classical repertoire of Europe. But in the first part of the 20th century in America, the giant of ragtime and jazz was Jelly Roll Morton. An obvious candidate for exploration is Morton’s nod to his New Orleans Creole roots, Turtle Twist, an example of his trademark ’spanish tinge’ style that was to reverberate throughout all the periods of jazz that followed. Monk himself cites Morton as one of his main influences, and his timeless composition Blue Monk, with its ragtime rhythms and bent harmonies, was one of his personal favorites. Given a more modern reading is Joplin’s evocative Pineapple Rag, which provides the quintet an opportunity to show off the swing style intended by the composer.

Turtle Island and Cyrus Chestnut draw a blazing and virtuosic line from the early roots of jazz directly to Monk, one of the geniuses of the modern jazz era.

Cyrus Chestnut courtesy of Addeo Music International

JELLY, RAGS & MONK – TOURING 16-17

with special guest Cyrus Chestnut

The extraordinary jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, and the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet are back together, displaying their formidable collective virtuosity. Making soulful and sweet connections that delve deeply into the jazz and classical traditions, the quintet embraces a range of composers on this brand new program- from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.

Back when sheet music was the means of musical transmission, in the hands of composers like Debussy and Stravinsky, ragtime found its way into the classical repertoire of Europe. But in the first part of the 20th century in America, the giant of ragtime and jazz was Jelly Roll Morton. An obvious candidate for exploration is Morton’s nod to his New Orleans Creole roots, Turtle Twist, an example of his trademark ’spanish tinge’ style that was to reverberate throughout all the periods of jazz that followed. Monk himself cites Morton as one of his main influences, and his timeless composition Blue Monk, with its ragtime rhythms and bent harmonies, was one of his personal favorites. Given a more modern reading is Joplin’s evocative Pineapple Rag, which provides the quintet an opportunity to show off the swing style intended by the composer.

Turtle Island and Cyrus Chestnut draw a blazing and virtuosic line from the early roots of jazz directly to Monk, one of the geniuses of the modern jazz era.

Cyrus Chestnut courtesy of Addeo Music International

WATCH

Turtle Island Quartet - Strings Session
Turtle Island Quartet w/ Cyrus Chestnut - Ruby My Dear
Turtle Island Quartet - Subconscious-Lee

LISTEN

Turtle Island Quartet
La Danse du Bonheur (McLaughlin/Shankar)
Turtle Island Quartet with Liz Carroll
Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut
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© 2017 Baylin Artists Management
721 Hyde Park   Doylestown, PA 18902
p. 267-880-3750 f. 267-880-3757
© 2017 Baylin Artists Management