Trios | Cantaloupe CA21129



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Label: Cantaloupe

Cat No: CA21129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th June 2017



Bearthoven is a small ensemble that has its roots in the Bang on a Can organization’s Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art — known worldwide as a mecca for emerging composers of adventurous contemporary music. Comprised of Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (upright and electric bass) and Matt Evans (percussion and drumkit), the group started in name only as a cheeky tribute to Beethoven, and quickly took on the mission of making art music more accessible to a wider range of listeners than the traditional “classical music” crowd.

Trios features the work of six young composers and serves as a living blueprint of Bearthoven’s support network. “Each of their individual voices is reflected in our identity as a trio,” Larson explains. “When Bearthoven began, we were determined to build a new repertoire for our instrumentation; piano-bass-percussion trios are common in jazz, for example, but pieces for this format in the modern canon were virtually non-existent. So our goal in building this repertoire wasn’t to cultivate a particular sound or style, but to act as a blank page for composers and give them the chance to project their distinct voices onto our ensemble.”

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