Violinist and composer David Balakrishnan, founding member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, has the ability to integrate classical string tradition with American folk, jazz, and Indian classical music in his compositions, breaking the boundaries of the traditional string quartet- and chamber music in general. While collaborating with the Ying Quartet on a mixed-genre album titled 4 + four, Balakrishnan wrote Mara's Garden of False Delights- a refreshing and vivid depiction of Hindu philosophy and different states of being- which we hear tonight. Also, music of Tyondai Braxton and Min Xiao-Fen.
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