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George Crumb Portrait Concert at St John's Smith Square

MARSYAS TRIO:

Helen Vidovich FLUTE

Val Welbanks CELLO

Zubin Kanga PIANO

WITH

Patrick Dawkins VIOLIN

Heather Roche CLARINET

Programme

George Crumb – Sonata for solo cello

George Crumb – Makrokosmos, Volume I for amplified piano

George Crumb – Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) for violin, alto flute, clarinet, and piano

George Crumb – Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano

The London-based Marsyas Trio, formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, is dedicated to music for flute, cello & piano from the Classical era onwards. Aiming to inspire a generation of new works for this genre, they are uncovering lesser-known repertoire and are proactive in commissioning new music.

The Trio has toured abroad in Europe and China, and performed most recently at the Vale of Glamorgan and Three Choirs Festivals, Holywell Music Room (Oxford Chamber Music Society), and in Switzerland at the Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne. This latest concert was broadcast on the Swiss Radio station RTS Espace 2. They have appeared live on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”, Classic FM Bulgaria, and Bulgarian National Television. Their CD, A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015) received airtime on European radio and reviews internationally, including Cambridge Music Journal Tempo, The Strad, and Australia’s Limelight magazine. The trio performs in rural Wales as part of the Arts Council of Wales’ Night Out scheme. The ensemble was joined by pianist Zubin Kanga in January 2017. The Marsyas Trio has generously been funded by PRSF, RVW Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and Arts Council England.

Marsyas Trio takes its name from Greek mythology – inspired by the bold, spirited passion of Marsyas, the celebrated pipe-playing satyr who dared challenge Apollo in a musical contest. In victory, Marsyas lost his life to the envious wrath of the god, saving his last breaths for the instrument he immortalized.