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Turtle Island Quartet

Its name derived from creation mythology found in Native American Folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and most recently, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” The Quartet’s birth was the result of violinist David Balakrishnan’s brainstorming explorations and compositional vision while completing his master’s degree program at Antioch University West

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/KrakówPoland July 25-28, 2018 “An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

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Mateusz Smoczynski: Metamorphoses

Read "Metamorphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though violinist Mateusz Smoczyński has played with the likes of Tomasz Stanko, Branford Marsalis, Joachim Kuhn and Anna Maria Jopek, he's perhaps best known internationally for his four-year stint in Turtle Island Quartet and, currently, Atom String Quartet. With the latter, Smoczyński recorded Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), its brilliant tribute to violin virtuoso Zbigniew Seifert. ...

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Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

Read "Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument. Rich Halley 5 The Outlier Pine Eagle Records 2016 Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, ...

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The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Hosts Grammy Nominee Celebration

The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Hosts Grammy Nominee Celebration

By Walter Atkins The Recording Academy jny: San Francisco Chapter’s GRAMMY Nominee Celebration was held Tuesday, January 20,2015 at The Lodge at the Regency Center in downtown San Francisco. The exclusive reception was well organized and attended by Bay Area artists, city officials and key Academy members including Michael Romanowski, Larry Batiste, and John Poppo, Vice ...

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50th Anniversary Of A Love Supreme - Curated By Ravi Coltrane At SFJAZZ Center

50th Anniversary Of A Love Supreme - Curated By Ravi Coltrane At SFJAZZ Center

SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco's exclusive celebration of 50th Anniversary of A Love Supreme - curated by Ravi Coltrane During the week of December 10-14, 2014, SFJAZZ in San Francisco is presenting an exclusive 50th Anniversary Celebration of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of A Love Supreme, recorded on December 9, ...

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Jazz & Blues Florida April 2012 Online Edition Posted

Jazz & Blues Florida April 2012 Online Edition Posted

The new edition of Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's free online source for information on live jazz and blues in clubs, concerts and festivals, is now available. Readers throughout Florida and visitors coming from around the world consult this site for information on the vibrant scene to be found throughout the state. There is no other ...

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2012 Lakeshore Jazz Series at Tempe Center for the Arts

2012 Lakeshore Jazz Series at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281 Box Office: 480-350-2822 2012 Concert Series Gretchen Parlato Friday, January 27, 2012 | 7:30 P.M. An alumni of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Parlato has been turning heads ever since she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International ...

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Walter Kolosky: Affairs of the Heart

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It took journalist Walter Kolosky eight months to put together Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin Song by Song (Abstract Logix, 2010), though, in effect, this impressive listener's guide has been the culmination of a lifetime listening to the English guitarist's music. Kolosky has written extensively on McLaughlin's music for many years, and has interviewed him many ...


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