Turtle Island Quartet
Turtle Island Quartet
Malcolm Parson, David Balakrishnan, Benjamin von Gutzeit, Gabriel Terracciano
|Origin||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Jazz, classical crossover|
|Labels||Windham Hill, Telarc, Azica|
The Turtle Island Quartet is a string quartet that plays hybrids of jazz, classical, and rock music. The group was formed in 1985 by David Balakrishnan, Darol Anger, and Mark Summer in San Francisco. They released their first album on Windham Hill Records in 1988 with Irene Sazer.
The group plays jazz standards and original compositions that cross several styles, including blues, classical, jazz, and world music. Violinist David Balakrishnan got the idea for a jazz string quartet in 1985. He invited cellist Mark Summer, who had been working for three years as a member of a Canadian orchestra. One of the first pieces they played was Balakrishnan's arrangement of "Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson which was released on their first album in 1987. The group's members have included violinist Evan Price and Danish violist Mads Tolling.
- David Balakrishnan – violin and baritone violin (original member) (1985-1993, 1997-present)
- Benjamin von Gutzeit – viola (2012-present)
- Malcolm Parson – cello (2016-present)
- Gabriel Terracciano – violin (2018-present)
- Mark Summer – cello (original member) (1985-2015)
- Darol Anger – violin and baritone violin (original member) (1985-1997)
- Laurie Moore – viola (original member) (1985-1987)
- Irene Sazer – viola (1987-1990)
- Katrina Wreede – viola (1990-1992)
- Jeremy Cohen – viola (1992)
- Danny Seidenberg – viola (1992-2004)
- Tracy Silverman – violin (1993-1997)
- Evan Price – violin (1997-2009)
- Mads Tolling – viola (2004-2009), violin (2009-2012)
- Jeremy Kittel – viola (2009-2015)
- Mateusz Smoczynski – violin (2012-2015)
- Alex Hargreaves – violin (2016-2018)
- Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, 4 + Four, 2005
- Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane, 2007
- Turtle Island String Quartet (Windham Hill, 1988)
- Metropolis (Windham Hill, 1989)
- Skylife (Windham Hill, 1990)
- A Shock to the System (Windham Hill, 1990)
- On the Town (Windham Hill, 1991)
- Spider Dreams (Windham Hill, 1992)
- Who Do We Think We Are? (Windham Hill, 1994)
- A Night in Tunisia, A Week in Detroit (Chandos, 1994)
- By the Fireside (Windham Hill, 1995)
- The Hamburg Concert (CCn'C Records, 1997)
- Art of the Groove (Koch, 2000)
- Danzon (Koch, 2002)
- 4 + Four with the Ying Quartet (Telarc, 2005)
- A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane (Telarc, 2007)
- Have You Ever Been..?: The Music of Jimi Hendrix and David Balakrishnan (Telarc, 2010)
- Mike Marshall and the Turtle Island Quartet (Adventure, 2014)
- Confetti Man (Azica, 2014)
- Bird's Eye View (Azica, 2018)
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