Dusk Variations August 2011 in Chicago's Millennium Park Kicks Off With the Turtle Island Quartet.

Dusk Variations August 2011 in Chicago's Millennium Park Kicks Off With the Turtle Island Quartet.
Photo credit: ©2010 Jay Blakesberg.

Chicago, Thursday, July 28, 2011. Back for a third season, the free Monday Night Concert Series, Dusk Variations kicks off with the classical fusion trendsetters Turtle Island Quartet (TIQ) this Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.  The 2011 concert series will continue every Monday through August 22, 2011.

This Monday, the two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet (Best Crossover Album) ventures to Electric Ladyland, tackling works by the legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix, as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music, including TIQ founder David Balakrishnan’s (a fan of Hendrix since his teen years) new composition “Tree of Life.”

About Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix, a  member of what has recently been named the 27 Club, referring to talented artists who died early in their lives from drug or alcohol overdoses at the peak of their careers–ironically at the age 27, redefined the potential of not only the guitar but the entire genre of rock in the 1960s.  Armed with an unprecedented combination of technical skills and compositional insight, he drew a blueprint that continues to challenge guitarists in particular and musicians of all stripes more than four decades later.

About Turtle Island Quartet.
In many ways, Turtle Island Quartet – founded and led by Balakrishnan–has taken Hendrix’s cue in the course of their 25-year career by re-examining and reconstructing conventional genres of music and seeking new permutations of style, technique and composition.

Other Concerts in the 2011 Dusk Variations Summer Series include:

Monday, August 8, 6:30p.m. 
My Brightest Diamond with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. My Brightest Diamond, a project led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, consistently provides an overtly intoxicating sonic atmosphere through their seamless blending of rock, opera and chamber music. Recent collaborations with artists ranging from The Decemberists to Sufjan Stevens to David Byrne have thrust Worden into a new artistic dimension. Shara will appear with the internationally acclaimed Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, performing a variety of her works newly orchestrated for this performance.

Monday, August 15, 6:30p.m. 
With their seventh album released last summer, Rasputina has thoroughly embedded itself into the realm of true artistic success. A witty and shockingly refreshing mix of classical sensibilities with a true rock attitude, every note seems pioneering. Rasputina has performed with a variety of artists ranging from Nirvana, Marilyn Manson and Belle & Sebastian to Jane’s Addiction.  Their newest album, Sister Kinderhook, marks a return to the group’s earlier, more organic sound, making this the perfect time to see the most innovative of cello-driven trios.

Monday, August 22, 6:30p.m. 
A Steve Reich Celebration:  Presented by eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion.
Two of Chicago’s world-class ensembles, eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, join forces to throw Steve Reich a wild 75th birthday party. The program includes Drumming, a thrilling virtuosic slap in the face, counterpointed by Double Sextet, a funky, off-kilter jam session, and concludes with Reich’s epic, mesmerizing musical road trip, Music for 18 Musicians, featuring some of America’s finest young performers.

Millennium Park.
For more information about Dusk Variations and all of the programming in Millennium Park, go to Millennium Park or call 312 742 1168.  Also you can visit Millennium Park on Facebook or on Twitter @Millennium_Park. 201 E. Randolph Street.

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