Turtle Island String Quartet
|Tags:||jazz classical contemporary jazz contemporary|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Official Homepage Wikipedia|
If one of the most interesting developments in popular music during the late 80s and early 90s was the blurring of boundaries within genres, probably the most extreme example of cross-fertilization was the melding of rock, pop or jazz with classical music. Among the most popular and exciting musical ensembles to fall under this category was the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Founded in 1985, the two sustained elements in the early line-up of the quartet were Darol Anger (1953, USA; violin, baritone violin) and Mark Summer (cello). Anger already had something of an illustrious past in new acoustic music. He founded both the David Grisman Quintet and the Montreux band. He had also recorded as a solo artist (debuting in 1981 with Fiddlistics), as well as collaborating with guitarist/mandolin player Mike Marshall. With fellow TISQ founder David Balakrishnan and Matt Glaser he was part of an award-winning triple violin team, and...