Turtle Island Quartet and Birth of the Cool

The 2016 Grammy nominations were announced back in December.  We gave you a look at the nominations in our Grammys Preview article.  As we get closer to the night of the award show on February 15th, I couldn’t pass up a chance to listen to a two-time Grammy winning group play the music of a multi Grammy winning artist.  The Turtle Island Quartet, winner of two Grammys, brought their signature groove-based rhythmic techniques to transform classic selections from the Miles Davis recording of Birth of the Cool into jazz string quartet masterpieces.  Miles Davis won eight Grammys over the course of his career.  The program tonight also featured original compositions that share the cross-genre musical stamp of jazz music making.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), in Dunwoody, hosted tonight’s performance in the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre .  The  MJCCA is committed to strengthening the quality of life within Atlanta’s Jewish community and has been recognized as one of the most highly regarded Jewish community centers in the nation.  The MJCAA offers unique programs, events and services like tonight’s musical program.

The Turtle Island Quartet is made up of:  David Balakrishnan on violin is the quartet’s founder and ‘resident composer’; Alex Hargreaves on violin; Benjamin von Gutzeit on viola; and Malcolm Parson on cello.  Tonight was great chance for me to explore different kinds of music than I would expect a string quartet to play.  If you are a lover of jazz music or classical music you will love what The Turtle Island Quartet creative cover of classic cool jazz and bebop jazz music.  In the past the quartet has taken on Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane songs.

Turtle Island Quartet Jimi Hendrix Covers

Listen to some Jimi Hendrix covers and original compositions by the Turtle Island Quartet on Have Your Ever Been…?

Turtle Island Quartet and Birth of the Cool Photos

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