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Turtle Island Quartet to play Roussel Hall

March 5, 2010

Turtle Island Quartet

For one night only, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet will wow audiences at Loyola University New Orleans with their glorious fusion of jazz and chamber music. The ensemble will perform “A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane,” a program that presents an in-depth look at Coltrane’s landmark recording in the greater context of the music that preceded and followed, a time many consider to be the last great evolutionary period of jazz.

The concert takes place Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Hall, in the Communications/Music Complex. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for all students and Loyola employees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu, by calling the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074 or at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

The quartet will also present a free lecture recital on Friday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. The lecture recital is open to the public.

In “A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane,” Turtle Island employs the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless beauty found in the greatest music of the American jazz masters. Recorded four decades ago at a time when the country was deeply troubled by issues of race and war, Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” was a personal statement of redemption and salvation that struck a chord in the hearts of millions, becoming one of the most enduring jazz recordings of all time.

Since its inception in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island String Quartet defines itself by fusing the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles.

The band maintains a repertoire of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals inspired by various genres including folk, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, new age, rock and hip-hop, as well as music of Latin America and India.

The group has been included on more than a dozen recordings on labels such as Windham Hill, Chandos, Koch and Telarc; soundtracks for major motion pictures; TV and radio credits such as the “Today Show,” “All Things Considered,” “Prairie Home Companion” and “Morning Edition;” and feature articles in People and Newsweek magazines.

They have has also collaborated with famed artists such as clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, guitar legends such as Leo Kottke and the Assad brothers, The Manhattan Transfer, pianists Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and Ramsey Lewis, the Ying Quartet and the Parsons Dance Company.

Each Turtle Island Quartet member is accomplished and has extensive conservatory training. Quartet founders David Balakrishnan and Mark Summer are joined by elite young alternative string players, Danish jazz violin phenom Mads Tolling and violist Jeremy Kittel, who holds the title of U.S. National Scottish fiddle champion.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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