Turtle Island Quartet performs at McAninch Arts Center Club MAC

Blending the sounds of classical and jazz, the Turtle Island Quartet brings the “Birth of Cool” tour to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) and Club MAC on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27. Both performances are planned for 8 p.m. on each night. These performances are sponsored in part by WFMT 98.7 FM.

The Club MAC performances brings added ambiance to the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre. The theatre is transformed into a cabaret setting. With café tables and a full bar, the performances have an intimate feel that allows guests to be enveloped into the performance.

Turtle Island Quartet balances classic jazz pieces by Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and others with brand new work by founder and violinist David Balakrishnan. The new work, “ Rebirth of the Holy Fool,” takes cool jazz as a starting point but borrows extensively from bluegrass, classical, jazz and Indian music. The music is characteristic of Turtle Island Quartet’s style.

Turtle Island Quartet is known for its bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. The group consists of the quartet’s founder and resident composer David Balakrishnan (violin) along with Alex Hargreaves (violin), Malcolm Parson (cello) and Benjamin von Gutzeit (viola). Turtle Island Quartet fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has called the quartet “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

Turtle Island Quartet has been heard on the Windham Hill, Chandos, Koch and Telarc labels. Television and radio credits include “The Today Show,” NPR’s “All Things Considered, “A Prairie Home Companion” and Morning Edition. The group’s latest album, “Confetti Man” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Turtle Island Quartet will perform at Club MAC in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with two performances, Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. Theater Seating tickets are $45. For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.