TISQ: The First Improvising String Quartet

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:27 AM by Eric Shieh
Now that the 7th grade is learining how to improvise, it made sense to feature the first improvising quartets. Back in 1985, when the Turtle Island String Quartet (TISQ) first formed, they made headlines for improvising in concert. Take a look at their version of Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower and John Coltrane's version of My Favorite Things. Mr. Shieh is a huge fan of their viola player in these videos, Jeremy Kittel, and their cellist once wrote a song called "Julie-O" that's a lot of fun to cover.