Time For Three

ISO's INfusion Music Fest Presents

Time For Three

Special Guests TBD

Fri, May 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Time For Three
Time For Three
Time for Three – violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – is a group that defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world-premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon as well as playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more.

Time for Three, or Tf3 for short, has performed from Carnegie Hall and the famed jazz club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. The group’s hit YouTube bullying-prevention video, “Stronger,” has inspired students across the globe, eliciting features on CNN and the Huffington Post. Since 2009, Tf3 has held a hugely successful residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, helping to expand the orchestra’s audience with innovative outreach. The latest milestone for Tf3 was June 24, 2014, with the release of their debut on UMC, Time for Three. The new album, with tracks co-produced by Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, showcases not only the trio’s melody-rich string weave but also its uncommon flair for collaboration, with the group teaming with pop singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz saxophone icon Branford Marsalis, Decca cello star Alisa Weilerstein and ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, among others.

Since the original members of Tf3 were fellow students at Philadelphia’s Curtis
Institute of Music they have wowed media and fellow artists alike with their
charismatic musicianship. National Public Radio said: “In person, the members of
Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their
staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it’s hard not to
be swept up in the force of their contagious energy.” The Wall Street Journal
praised the trio’s rare blend of “spontaneity and precision,” while the
Indianapolis Examiner raved, “Demonstrating their ability to deeply connect
with their audience in a most interactive way, they electrified a full-house crowd.”
But perhaps no one has offered a more enthusiastic appraisal than the great
Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, who said:
“Simply put, they’re a knockout! Three benevolent monsters – monsters of
ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that
I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for
entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of
American music can develop, when life and passion such as this are breathed
into it.”

Time for Three, the trio’s UMC debut, sees the group explore the interactive
possibilities of string instruments, projecting their onstage magnetism into
pure aural allure. The album also presents the collaborative essence of the
group in the most organic fashion. As Tf3’s Nick Kendall points out, they
have a personal connection to each of the guest artists. The trio blends its
warm sound with the dulcet voice of Joshua Radin in new arrangements for
four of his signature songs: “Everything Will Be All Right,” “What If You,”
“Winter” and “Closer.” Kendall says: “We were big fans of Joshua and met
him in a New York restaurant – then we began to imagine how our instruments
would provide the ideal bed for his voice, so that it’s like an oboe rising out of a
string orchestra.” Cellist Alisa Weilerstein was an acquaintance for years, with
Kendall and violin partner Zach De Pue having studied with her father,
violinist Donald Weilerstein, co-founder of the Cleveland String Quartet.
But the trio’s first musical meeting with Alisa was on the album’s
arrangement by composer Kenji Bunch of the all-time Rachmaninoff
favorite Vocalise – with Alisa singing lead on her cello. “It’s a 21st-century version of the piece we all know and love,” De Pue says, “and we hope to perform it with not only Alisa but with cellists from orchestras all over the world.”

With Branford Marsalis – a member of the first family of New Orleans jazz – the trio performs the “Queen of Voodoo” on the album, with the track a stylistic gumbo of American music in which the composer, Tf3’s Ranaan Meyer, imagined the band busking in the Crescent City. Marsalis has been an avuncular presence for the trio since the three musicians were put together with the saxophonist at a benefit concert, where “he schooled us,” Kendall recalls. Meyer adds: “He represents something serious and real – a great performer who has a real sense of what an audience wants.” The centrepiece of Time for Three is a concert favorite of the trio’s, “Chaconne in Winter.” It’s perhaps the ultimate Tf3 mash-up, with Bach’s totemic “Chaconne” melded with Bon Iver’s “Calgary” in an arrangement by Steve Hackman, a friend and collaborator of the group’s from the Curtis Institute.

Time for Three also includes a meeting with Indianapolis folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine on Meyer and Rob Moose’s arrangement of the timeless
“Danny Boy,” plus a collaboration with Hawaiian ukulele virtuosoJake Shimabukuro on Kendall’s “Happy Day.” Other originals on the album are Kendall’s “Roundabouts” and “Banjo Love.” ”The album represents an eclectic, but natural, mix. Kendall explains: “Like most young people in America now, the three of us grew up listening to all kinds of music – ’90s hip-hop, grunge, bluegrass – and we’ve always played a wide variety of music. We’re part of a new generation of classically trained musicians who approach diverse styles from the same heartfelt place. We hear and feel it all in a similar way, as just music.”

Founding members De Pue, Kendall and Meyer started playing together while at
the Curtis Institute,with the two violinists discovering a mutual love for fiddling
in the bluegrass and country & western traditions. Then Meyer introduced them
to his roots in jazz and improvised music. After experiments and jam sessions,
the musical friendships evolved into Time for Three. Tf3 gained instant attention
in 2003, when there was a lightning-induced power failure during a concert by
the Philadelphia Orchestra. While technicians worked to restore the lights,
Meyer and De Pue, who were both performing as
members of the orchestra, obliged with an impromptu jam session that
included such folk-inflected works as “Jerusalem’s Ridge,” “Ragtime Annie”
and “The Orange Blossom Special.” It was very different music from the
scheduled symphony, but the crowd went wild. The trio has since performed
more than a thousand engagements as diverse as the music it plays: from
featured soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series and
residencies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to former Philly maestro
Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein
Festival and a private concert on the aircraft carrier Intrepid off Manhattan.

Tf3 independently released its first album, Three Fervent Travelers (E1),
in 2010, which debuted in the top 10 on the charts of Billboard, Amazon
and iTunes, remaining in the top 10 of the Billboard Crossover Chart for more
than 10 months. That release followed two self-produced CDs, which sold
more than 20,000 copies. In 2011, Tf3 raised more than $20,000 from its
fans in one week through a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production
of their first professionally shot music video. The result was “Stronger,” a
potent bullying-prevention video, which became a YouTube sensation,
establishing the trio as leaders in the fight against bullying. The group
partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to bring their
message to schools across the country through residencies,
workshops and the media.

Tf3 has embarked on a major commissioning program to expand its unique
repertoire for symphony orchestras. The first fruit of the program was Concerto
4-3 by Jennifer Higdon. In 2008, the trio premiered the work in six performances
with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. The group has
since been played it dozens of times across the country to acclaim, including
with the Fort Worth Symphony (documented on a 2012 recording released
by the orchestra) and a 2013 performance with the Baltimore Symphony at
Carnegie Hall. In 2010, Tf3 premiered Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck,
co-commissioned by the Boston Pops, Colorado Music Festival and eight other
organizations. The next work in the series was Games and Challenges by
William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and
the Grand Rapids Symphony; the trio premiered the piece in 2013.

In 2009, Tf3 inaugurated an ambitious three-year residency with the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a groundbreaking project in which the trio
not only got involved at the community level but also curated a wildly successful
“Happy Hour” series of concerts with the orchestra. The project generated
media attention and heightened the orchestra’s profile, especially among the
younger demographic, making the three musicians household names
in Indianapolis. Thrilled with the residency’s success, the
Indianapolis Symphony decided in 2012 to extend and expand the
trio’s contract. The group now spends 14 weeks per season with the
orchestra doing everything from programming, arranging and performing
concerts to conducting education, fundraising and community outreach.
In 2013, Tf3’s residency with the ISO received an Indiana Innovation Award.

Tf3 has been seen and heard via various TV and radio broadcasts throughout the country, including numerous times on Public Television, NPR and CNN. The trio was featured in a documentary film about Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square directed by Robert Downey Sr., and the group recorded the soundtrack to the History Channel production The Spanish-American War. Even with an ever-increasing performance and media schedule,

In 2016 founding member Zach De Pue stepped down from his postion in the group to focus on his work as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Curtis graduate Nikki Chooi, who had subbed for Zach in early 2015 was asked to join the group. Tf3 remains committed to reaching younger audiences by participating in educational residencies and outreach concerts, including annual visits to Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for children with terminal illnesses; weeklong residencies at the Kennedy Center; Carnegie Hall’s series of Family Concerts; and countless jam sessions and instances of impromptu music-making with students, from university classes to coffee houses.

No less than the late Paul Newman summed up Time for Three’s cross-generational appeal: “To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented… If I had been able to create a sound like these kids a few years back, I might have thought twice about going into acting!”
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203