Contemporary String Quartet to Perform at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 20 2003

Contemporary String Quartet to Perform at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - The Turtle Island String Quartet will be performing Thursday, January 23, in the H.C. Paul Theater, Alexander Fine Arts Center, Concord College, Athens, W.Va.

The Turtle Island String Quartet (TISQ) endeavors to strike a balance with the emotional immediacy associated with jazz and the brilliant conceptualization associated with classical music. In keeping with the jazz tradition, the program will be announced from the stage during the course of the concert by the quartet members themselves. More in line with the classical tradition is the careful consideration given to the choice of the repertoire. Elements such as musical genre, length, key area, featured soloists and composers, mood, size of the hall, special considerations due to the location, the quartet’s enthusiasm for a particular piece, etc., all come into play.

The program will feature the TISQ’s arrangements of pieces by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, Pat Metheny, Bach, Chick Corea, Vivaldi, Egberto Gismonti, Beethoven, Paquito D’Rivera, Rabel, Tchaikovsky, and Frank Zappa. It will also feature their own compositions which integrate jazz, western classical, American fiddle styles, rock, rhythm and blues, World Bet, Afro-Cuban, and Indian classical music.

Of special note in any TISQ performance is the element of improvisation. Its most common utilization features a soloist improvising over a background, also often partially or completely improvised, that follows a fixed sequence of chords and rhythm. Almost every piece in the program will have such sections. In addition, an attempt is made to give each member of the group a chance to “stretch out” in an extended feature solo spot at least once in any full-length performance. However, it is also the case that some pieces are completely written out or contain short sections where the improvisation serves the needs of the composition as opposed to the expression of an individual viewpoint. Still other pieces have large sections of “free” improvisation which challenge the group (and the audience, for that matter!) to grapple with completely uncharted musical territory.

The performance is $5 for the general public, $4 for senior citizens, and $2 for non-Concord students. For more information, contact the Concord College box office, 1-304-384-5101, or


Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.