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Turtle Island Quartet Finds New Cellist in Carolina Chocolate Drops

A cello change is coming to the Turtle Island Quartet, a 30-year-old ensemble that has become known for crossover classical performances that reimagine works by artists as varied as John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix for string quartet.

Mark Summer, the group’s virtuosic original cellist, who is known for pushing the boundaries of his instrument with his percussive and pizzicato technique, plans to leave the quartet in January to pursue a solo career, the group announced Tuesday. He will be succeeded by Malcolm Parson, a rising young cellist and composer who is currently a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

David Balakrishnan, the founder of Turtle Island, said in statement that Mr. Parson’s ability to “transition effortlessly between classical music, jazz and contemporary styles, and to meld them together in his own unique sound, is a perfect fit” for the quartet.

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