Ian Anderson: Tour. New Album: The String Quartets

“Loco (Locomotive Breath),” from the new JETHRO TULL- STRING QUARTETS’ album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci String Quartet, just premiered at billboard.com. “Loco” is a string quartet arrangement of “Locomotive Breath” Jethro Tull’s 1978 hit of the group’s album, BURSTING OUT. CLICK HERE to read Billboard's new interview with Ian, conducted by renown music journalist Gary Graff. ​ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7708994/jethro-tull-string-quartet-locomotive-breath-premiere?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The STRING QUARTETS’ version is an instrumental features violin, viola, cello and bass, and Ian Anderson on flute. It was arranged by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara, whose mission was to “delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. Now, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull - The String Quartets, a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalog in a new way.

About The Carducci Quartet:  Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC.  Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

The album will be available in the U.S. on March 24, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. CLICK HERE to reserve your physical copy today!

01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links.  More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23: Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM  
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX  
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX  
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX 
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK  
08/08: Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15: Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/17: Interlochen, Interlochen, MI
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/20: Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum,Windsor ON
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/1: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/4: Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/5: France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/7: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/8: Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/9: The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL

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