TIME FOR THREE
Friday, March 31 at 8 pm
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center
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The artists will perform works selected from the list below, and will announce selections from stage:
Amazing Grace Traditional/Arranged by TF3
Ashokan Farewell J. Ungar/Arranged by TF3
Banjo Love Meyer/Hackman/Kendall/De Pue
Bach Double J.S. Bach/Arranged by TF3
Black Bird Lennon/McCartney/Arranged by TF3
Bradford Commission Kendall/De Pue/Meyer
Chaconne in Winter J.S. Bach/Arranged Hackman & TF3
Czardas Monti/Arranged by TF3
Danny Boy Arranged by Meyer/Moose/Lily&Madeleine
Don Don Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Ecuador Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Firework Katy Perry/Arranged by Hackman & TF3
Forget About it Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Fox Down Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen/Arranged by TF3
Happy Day Kendall/Arranged by Moose
Hide and Seek Imogen Heap/Arranged by TF3
Hungarian Dance No. 5 Johannes Brahms/Arranged by TF3
The Hymn Kendall/De Pue/Meyer
In the Dressing Room Meyer/Arranged by Meyer & Moose
Jazz Riff Meyer
Jerusalem’s Ridge Bill Monroe/Arranged by TF3
Kissing in the Tree Meyer/Hackman/Kendall/De Pue
Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons/Arranged Hackman & TF3
Mohawk Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Norwegian Wood Lennon/McCartney/Arranged Hackman&TF3
Of Time and Three Rivers Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Orange Blossom Special Charlie Rouse/Arranged by TF3
Ogden Meyer/Arranged by Meyer/Fobare/Kendall
Philly Phunk Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Quail Hollow Kendall
Queen of Voodoo Meyer/Kendall/Arranged by Moose
Shenandoah Arranged by TF3
Stillness is the Move Dirty Projectors/Arranged by Hackman & TF3
Stronger Kanye West/Arranged Hackman Moose & TF3
Sundays Meyer/Arranged by Hackman
Round About Kendall/Arranged by Moose
Taszo Tango Kendall/Arranged by Moose
Thunder Stomp Meyer/Arranged by TF3
UFO Coldplay/Arranged by Hackman & TF3
With or Without You U2/Arranged by Hackman & TF3
Wyoming 307 Meyer/Arranged by TF3
Time for Three
The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing.
To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a sell-out concert at the 2014 BBC Proms, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show
“Dancing with the Stars.”
Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Ranaan Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio’s offerings.
Time for Three recently released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three, which spent seven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart. The ensemble has also embarked on a major commissioning programs to expand its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras including Concerto 4-3, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck in 2010, co-commissioned by the Boston Pops, the Youngstown Symphony, and eight other orchestras, and find work by William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, and their latest project, a commission by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for the group to write and perform a 55-minute piece with orchestra which premiered August, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Nicolas (Nick for short) Kendall (founding member) connects people through music. He picked up his ﬁrst violin at the age of three. With an insatiable appetite for a diversity of expression, he went to the streets of Washington D.C. to play trash cans for lunch money as a teenager. By college, he was forming pick-up rock bands at Curtis Institute between concert debuts at the most prestigious halls in the world.
Nick is one of our generation’s most persuasive champions of bringing new audiences to concert halls across America. Irreverent, funny, and relentless, Nick has become a force for bringing people together through music, on stage and off. His work is based on the simple idea that the energy you exude greatly impacts the relationships that you build.
Nick’s leadership comes from a long personal history with collective action. Years ago, Nick gathered his friends to form a band whose direction comes from the power of the collective, now the critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Trained in the Suzuki method, which his grandfather, John Kendall, brought to America in the 1960s, Nick continues the teaching tradition. As a caretaker of his craft, he is passing on the vitality of classical music to a new generation.
Ranaan Meyer (founding member) is a double bassist redefining the career path of a professional musician. His work runs the gamut from appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Joshua Radin, and all points between. Ranaan began playing the double bass at age 11 and has worked with many of the double bass's greatest teachers, including Rufus Reid, Hal Robinson, Gary Karr, Neil Courtney, Larry Grenadier and many more. His studies at the Curtis Institute of Music led him to the formation of Time for Three with fellow students and violinists Nick Kendall and Zach DePue.
When not performing with Time for Three, Ranaan Meyer spends his time buildingRanaan Meyer Entertainment, a company dedicated to the universal education of double bass players. Through summer camps Wabass Institute and Wabass Workshop, Ranaan works with the most promising students and professionals in the world every summer. Recently, Ranaan began publishing The Next Level Bassist, a free online journal that is dedicated to bass education. Ranaan recently received a Community Partner grant from the American Composers Forum to compose 10 pieces for student musicians in disadvantaged areas, and will be conducting residencies on those pieces beginning in the fall of 2013.
Ranaan currently performs on a Cavani double bass made in Italy circa 1892 and a Reid Hudson bow. Committed to enhancing his live sound, Ranaan has developed a new system for amplification. His setup includes a Mackie 12 channel mixer, Ernie Ball volume pedal, and Digitech Bass Driver. Ranaan uses a Fishman Full Circle pickup and DPA d:vote bass microphone to amplify his sound. Ranaan is sponsored through David Gage String Repair with the use of the Featherweight flight case, and Shank Strings, performing all repair work on Ranaan's bass and bows.
Described by the Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star", Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own "Charles Yang Day". Mr. Yang has been a frequent guest on the Emmy Award winning PBS show From the Top, and has also been heard on National Public Radio in Washington, DC and Boston.
Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in such festivals as The Aspen Music Festival, The Cayman Arts Festival, The YouTube Music Awards, The Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, The EG Conference, Oncue Conference, Google Zeitgeist, YouTube Space Los Angeles, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s and David Rubinstein Atrium; The Long Center, The Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among many others. He has performed in the presence of two former US Presidents, the Queen of Denmark and has recently shared the stage in collaborations with artists including Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Marcelo Gomes, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland and Jon Batiste. His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Playbill, The Boston Globe, Fortissimo, The Financial Times, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Shenzhen Daily, The Strad, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Juilliard Journal. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo's book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel's Curiosity.
Regarding Mr. Yang, The Texas Observer has noted, “Mr. Yang is a true crossover artist, a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music and bring fresh ideas to fans of both genres. Rather than maintaining an insular focus and simply assuming that an audience for classical music will always exist, he wants to actively create that audience, to persuade and seduce others into enjoying a type of music as passionately as he does.”