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October 17, 2005

Turtle Island String Quartet coming to Gavilan College in FREE lecture/demonstration

WHO: The Turtle Island String Quartet (TISQ) derived its name from creation mythology found in Native American Folklore. The Turtle Island String Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. The TISQ website ( quotes cellist Yo-Yo Ma as calling them "a unified voice that truly breaks new ground - authentic and passionate - a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today." Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles.

The Quartet's birth was the result of violinist David Balakrishnan's brainstorming explorations and compositional vision while writing his master's thesis at Antioch University West. The journey has taken Balakrishnan with musicians Evan Price, Mads Tolling, and Mark Summer through forays into folk, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, rock, hip-hop, as well as music of Latin America and India a repertoire consisting of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals. It has included over 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, and Prairie Home Companion, feature articles in People and Newsweek magazines, and collaborations with famed artists such as clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, The Manhattan Transfer, pianists Billy Taylor and Kenny Barron, the Ying Quartet and the Parsons Dance Company.

WHAT: Will be presenting a FREE lecture and demonstration in which they pay homage to the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. The presentation will focus on selections from the best-selling jazz recording of all time, Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." Interspersed will be related materials that exemplify the deep roots from which this masterpiece grew, as well as the subsequent blossoming of American Musical genres that followed. The event is FREE and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Arts Lecture Building 101, Gavilan College Gilroy campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.

WHY: This event is part of the ONStage Lecture/Demonstration series, presented in partnership between Gavilan College and the World Theater at California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The series is designed to bring well-know performers into contact with students and communities in the less urban areas of the CSUMB district.


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