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Neave Trio performs music by Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke at SubCulture - Album Release Concert for 'Her Voice'

October 17, 2019 | By Maggie Stapleton
Jensen Artists

Neave Trio Performs Music by Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke
Album Release Concert for Her Voice presented by GatherNYC

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Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 11am
SubCulture | 45 Bleecker Street | NYC

Tickets ($20) available at www.subculturenewyork.com 

"'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning ‘bright’ and ‘radiant,’ both of which certainly apply to this trio’s music making." – WQXR 

Watch the Trailer for Her Voicehttp://bit.ly/HerVoiceTrailer 


New York, NY – On Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 11am, the Boston-based Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) celebrates the release of Her Voice with a performance at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street). The GatherNYC series presents live music by celebrated artists with artisanal coffee and pastries for a one-hour concert in an urban oasis hidden beneath the streets of New York.

Her Voice, released October 4 on Chandos Records, honors three distinguished women composers and features a wide range of voices from the past. From the charming, late Classical style of Louise Farrenc to the Romantic, floating, buoyant melodies of Amy Beach to the dramatic, haunting landscape and atmosphere of Rebecca Clarke, each piano trio represents the composer’s unique voice and distinct style. 

On this concert, the trio performs two works from the album. Amy Beach’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150 was composed late in her career, and incorporates lush, romantic melodies over a variety of textures, tones, and impressionistic colors. One of her most prominent pieces, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio showcases her unique harmonic language, influenced by both the French and British styles of the early 20th century, as well as by folk music.

Anna Williams, Neave Trio violinist, says of Her Voice, “There is so much great repertoire that is under-performed, especially from women composers, and we feel it is essential to program and record these masterworks alongside the more well-known catalogue of piano trio repertoire. These women really broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations and we are excited to honor their unique contributions and voices.”

Her Voice is the Neave Trio’s third album Chandos Records, following French Moments (2018), which includes the only known piano trios by Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel. According to BBC Music Magazine, “The performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace,” while The Strad praises the trio’s “eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures.” Neave’s Chandos debut, American Moments (2016), features works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein. BBC Music wrote, “The Trio offers a strong sense of partnership, with the Bernstein bounding along in fine spirit. The Foote shines wonderfully and is well worth discovering,” while American Record Guide expressed Neave’s playing as “idiomatic and attractive.”

About the Neave Trio: Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-­edge performances. WQXR explains, “’Neave’ is actually a Gaelic name meaning ‘bright’ and ‘radiant’, both of which certainly apply to this trio’s music making.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2016” roundups, claiming, “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.” 

Neave Trio recently made its Lincoln Center debut at the 2019 Mostly Mozart festival with Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, of which The Wall Street Journal praised, “the Neave Trio gave a beautifully shaped performance.” Neave has performed at many other esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 92nd Street Y, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). The Trio has also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country and held residency positions at Brown University, University of Virginia, San Diego State University as the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, and the Banff Centre (Canada), among many other institutions. Neave Trio was also in residence at the MIT School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Richard Colton. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence. 

Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company; graphic programmer Andrew Ringler and media artist Bing Lin; the interactive concert series “STEIN2.0,” with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; the premiere of Eric Nathan’s Missing Words V, sponsored by Coretet; and a music video by filmmaker Amanda Alvarez Díaz of Astor Piazzolla’s "Otoño Porteño.”

In addition to Her Voice, French Moments, and American Moments, Neave’s discography includes Celebrating Piazzolla (Azica 2018). The album captures the composer’s rich legacy through arrangements by one of Piazzolla’s long time colleagues, José Bragato and by a younger protégé, Leonardo Suárez Paz. Gramophone describes their recording of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as “thrilling,” having “wild energy,” and “electrifying,” while Classics Today writes, “the energetic edginess, the snap, the rhythm sound convincing, totally invigorating, and authentic.” Mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski joins the trio on the album for select Piazzolla songs as well as an original work by Paz.

Highlights of Neave’s 2019-20 season include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Brown University, Feldman Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, and the Boise Chamber Music Series, among many others. For more information, visit www.neavetrio.com.



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