The fundamental rhythmic differences between European classical and American vernacular forms are in focus in this groovy concert, using the rich historical connection to the traditional string quartet as the point of departure for a cross-cultural musical journey that begins with Beethoven and ends with….Turtle Island Quartet! The quartet identifies the “back-beat” as the key, unveiling it in its various stylistic guises with the help of the audience. Touched upon are odd meters in jazz à la Dave Brubeck, Hip-Hop/60s rock à la Jimi Hendrix, and R&B à la Tower Of Power. There is even a little fun with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Throughout all of this music, the back-beat rules!


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