Turtle Island Quartet to perform in Ojai
To ‘Electric Ladyland
January 19, 2012 at 3:14 p.m.
The Turtle Island Quartet will salute Jimi Hendrix in Ojai, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Two violins, a cello and a viola will take audiences to Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” on Saturday night in Ojai.
The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, which energizes the traditional chamber repertoire by exploring jazz, funk, folk, rock, hip-hop and world music, will play a tribute to Hendrix as part of the Fresh Roasted Concerts series in Ojai.
Taking its name from Native American mythology, the group has won two Grammy Awards for classical crossover album: “4+Four” (shared with the Ying Quartet) in 2005 and “A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane” in 2007.
According to The New York Times, in 1969, TIQ violinist and founder David Balakrishnan, then a teenager, went to a Jimi Hendrix concert “that led him to reconsider his approach to his instrument, and to music more broadly.”
Balakrishnan, along with violinist Mads Tolling, cellist Mark Summer and violist Jeremy Kittel, will play four pieces from Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” album, a solo cello version of “Little Wing” and “Hey Joe.” The program also includes Balakrishnan’s “Tree of Life,” a tribute to Charles Darwin.
Chamber music has indeed evolved.
The Turtle Island Quartet will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $28 for seniors. Call 646-8907 or visit ptgo.org. The group also will perform at 7:30 tonight at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in Los Angeles ($35; 310-286-0553 or www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com) and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art ($19; 963-4364 or sbma.net). TIQ’s website is turtleislandquartet.com.