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Turtle Island Quartet combines the 'powerful form' of jazz with the 'incredible beauty' of classical music

Sylvia Elzafon
David Balakrishnan, Naseem Alatrash, Benjamin von Gutzeit, and Gabriel Terracciano of the Turtle Island Quartet.

Classical KC's Brooke Knoll speaks with Turtle Island Quartet founder, composer, and violinist David Balakrishnan. We'll hear music from their Oct. 2 performance in Kansas City with Terence Blanchard as well as works from throughout the group's history.


Brooke Knoll


David Balakrishnan, founder of Turtle Island Quartet, composer and violinist


by David Balakrishnan
Turtle Island Quartet

Spider Dreams
by David Balakrishnan
Turtle Island Quartet

by David Balakrishnan
Turtle Island Quartet

A Night in Tunisia
by Dizzy Gillespie
Turtle Island Quartet and Paquito D'Rivera

by David Balakrishnan
Turtle Island Quartet

Subconcious Lee
by Lee Konitz (arr. B. von Gutzeit)
Turtle Island Quartet

The Second Wave
by David Balakrishnan
Terence Blanchard and the E Collective with the Turtle Island Quartet

You can learn more about Turtle Island Quartet at turtleislandquartet.com and their October 2 Harriman-Jewell Series performance at hjseries.org.

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.