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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terence Blanchard, John Ellis, Ben Goldberg, Becca Stevens & Other New Releases

Read "Terence Blanchard, John Ellis, Ben Goldberg, Becca Stevens & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two beautiful and diverse renditions of Nefertiti-era Wayne Shorter, two exciting new albums featuring John Ellis, yet another surprise from Becca Stevens and much more in the second part of this week's edition focusing on recent and upcoming releases.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 John ...

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Article: Album Review

Stefan Braun & Mateusz Smoczynski: Keep On Turnin'

Read "Keep On Turnin'" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A violin and cello duo might spark thoughts of chamber music, but Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczynski and German cellist Stefan Braun, classically trained though they are, are improvising musicians at heart; with Keep on Turnin' they revisit the jazz, fusion and funk songs that provided the soundtrack in their formative years. Though this is Smoczynski and ...

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Article: Interview

Gabe Terracciano: A Constant State Of Arriving

Read "Gabe Terracciano: A Constant State Of Arriving" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It may seem strange that a jazz violinist should admit to hating jazz violin, but Gabe Terracciano is not your run-of-the-mill jazz violinist. For starters, what other jazz violinist plays Ornette Coleman tunes in a bluegrass band? Nor are there too many jazz violinists who have taken first prize at an old-time fiddle competition, toured Ghana ...

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Article: Live Review

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson


3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/Kraków Poland 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 the ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Multiple Reviews

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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News: Event

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 ...

Album

Confetti Man

Label: Azica Records
Released: 2014

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News: Festival

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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