STRING TRIO OF
Spawned from the richly diverse adventurous music scene on New York’s Lower East Side in 1977, the String Trio of New York (S3NY) delights, surprises and inspires audiences around the world with its outstanding improvisations upon unique compositions for acoustic violin, guitar and bass. The group is one of the most venerable of the original late 20th century ensembles playing new music informed by the jazz tradition. A true pioneer of the genre-busting, unclassifiable music that blossomed in New York in the 1980s – and which is currently appealing to new and diverse audiences on the performing arts scene - S3NY forged the path for future explorers, combining jazz, western classical, world-music and experimental forms into a cohesive palette of sonic textures and adventurous energy that opened the ears and minds of the public for what eventually became known as New York’s Downtown Sound.
Concert performances take the listener on a multi-faceted journey, guiding audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a voyage through a broad and deep repertoire of original works, commissioned pieces by diverse jazz and contemporary music composers, and original arrangements of classic jazz compositions. The compelling and dynamic blend of improvisational excitement coupled with the sensibility of chamber ensemble interplay is an essential part of the ensemble’s live concert experience.
Entering its fifth decade of consistent activity in 2018, their hundreds of worldwide performances and seventeen award-winning recordings attest to the depth of spirit and commitment S3NY offers. The extremely rich history of live performance includes appearances at many of the country’s foremost concert series - Great Performers at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Houston’s Da Camera Society, Stanford Lively Arts, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Wexner Center, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, among so many others - as well as scores of performances internationally at notable venues and festivals in Europe, East Asia, India and Africa. Additionally, the ensemble has been featured in various media outlets, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and on Public Radio International’s Concerts from the Library of Congress.