Billboard Online features LOCO from "Jethro Tull String Quartets"

Article Contributed by Leighton Media | Published on Thursday, March 2, 2017

“Loco (Locomotive Breath),” from the new 'JETHRO TULL- STRING QUARTETS’ album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci String Quartet, is premiering at  “Loco” is a string quartet arrangement of “Locomotive Breath” Jethro Tull’s 1978 hit off the group’s album, BURSTING OUT. Read Billboard's new interview with Ian, conducted by renown music journalist Gary Graff.

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)