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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