An atypical combination of instruments (clarinet, violin and piano) the Zodiac Trio formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music, before becoming the first American group to be accepted to the Paris Conservatory’s chamber music program with the Ysaÿe Quartet. Since, the trio became the new image of the clarinet-violin-piano instrumentation, and maintains a consistently international touring schedule. The Zodiac Trio is paving the way for new generations of compositions for this unusual grouping by commissioning and performing new works, with over 100 works written for the ensemble.
The program at Spectrum on March 26 features the world premiere of John McDonald’s Trio about Smoking, written especially for the trio. Cast in three brief movements, the piece is both an ode to musician/smokers’ stress-relief potential and a health warning.
Also on the program are the New York premieres of Andrew List’s Dreams from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, a composition inspired by the creation legends of the Australian Aboriginals; Zodiac: Across the Universe, a series of one-minute miniatures by twelve different composers each describing a sign of the zodiac; and Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade, a whimsical whirlwind of a piece transcribed for the Zodiac Trio by the group’s violinist Vanessa Mollard.
The concert is on Saturday, March 26 at 7 pm at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St, NY, NY. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door. For more information, visit zodiactrio.com.
The Zodiac Trio is Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin and Riko Higuma, piano.
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