Turtle Island Quartet and Birth of the Cool – Part II

Turtle Island Quartet and Birth of the Cool Playlist

Tonight’s selections were based on the Birth of the Cool  by Miles Davis and some original compositions:

  • Subconscious-Lee (Lee Konitz) from Subconscious-Lee
  • Jeru (Gerry Mulligan) from Birth of the Cool
  • Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter) from Speak no Evil
  • Ecaroh (Horace Silver) from the Jazz Messengers
  • Confetti (David Balakrishnan) from The Turtle IsWow!land Quartet’s album Confetti Man.  Inspired by a painting done by the composer’s wife, this composition explores many different styles of music.  David Balakrishnan says that he tried to see what’s underneath all the notes within each style of music.
  • Alex in A Major (David Balakrishman) a bluegrass infused piece written by David for his neighbor.  The piece was newly dedicated tonight to one of TIQ’s newest members Alex Hargreaves.
  • Israel (Johnny Carisi) from Birth of the Cool
  • Exsultate, jubilate (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) mixed with a little bit of country and a little bit of Wayne Shorter
  • Some music by John McLaughlin and el Shankar Mahadevan
  • Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom a classic fiddle tune performed by Alex Hargreaves.
  • Creo Lullaby (Malcom Parson) Malcolm Parson on cello
  • Miles Ahead (Miles Davis, Gil Evans) from Miles Ahead
  • Rebirth of the Holy Fool (David Balakrishman) specifically written for the Birth of the Cool performance.

The Turtle Island Quartet masterfully handled the challenge of switching from reading music in these compositions to jazz improvisations where they each got to show off their chops.

Turtle Island Quartet and Birth of the Cool Photos

Malcolm Parson joined Turtle Island in January and brought his unique classical/folk sound to this world-class evening of music.  Supporting emerging artists is our central mission at Libro Musica.  Tonight’s performance by Malcolm Parson was an example of fans getting a chance to see how far a young musician has come since the fist time they heard him play. Malcolm is a talented musician that studied at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Talent Development Program”.  This home town connection was evident at the end of the show as Malcolm was swarmed by family, former teachers, mentors and supporters.

Turtle Island Quartet Confetti Man on Spotify



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See more pictures, hear more about this night of music and listen to more Turtle Island Quartet in Part I.