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||Yearnin'||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||5:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Julie-O||Mark Summer, David Ying||4:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mara's Garden of False Delights: Sri-Jo||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||7:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mara's Garden of False Delights: Doughboy||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||3:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mara's Garden of False Delights: Snakes and Ladders||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||6:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||La Creation du Monde||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||11:00||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Variations on an Unoriginal Theme||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||7:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Because||Turtle Island String Quartett & Ying Quartet||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Turtle Island Quartet has always been a difficult group to pigeonhole into any prefabricated category, and this session is no exception to that rule. During this meeting with the classical Ying Quartet, they cover a wide variety of music. The opener is "Yearnin'," a marvelous blues by the late jazzman Oliver Nelson, with a series of playful solos. The cellists from each group share a duet of Mark Summer's "Julie-O," a piece that is occasionally suggestive of the works of Aaron Copland and showcases their abilities playing both pizzicato and arco. Violinist David Balakrishnan contributed the ambitious three-part suite "Mara's Garden of False Delights," an exotic piece that provides the most fertile meeting ground for the two quartets. Darius Milhaud's La Création du Monde demonstrates the French composer's interest in jazz, as the two groups join forces for a turbulent adaptation of this early 20th century ballet score. Even the Beatles' "Because" is successfully arranged by violinist Evan Price into a vehicle for their musical explorations, which recognize no boundaries. This music is even more stunning as heard on the Super Audio Surround Sound edition, though it is also available as a regular CD.
Formed: 1985 in San Francisco, CA
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s