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Mon, Apr 29 2024 7:30 PM

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Galan Trio: Kinesis

CCRMA presents Galan Trio performing works for piano, violin, cello, and electronics.

Galan Trio’s “Kinesis,” a survey on the music of contemporary American composers in an original, multifaceted concert program. The project draws from a collaboration between Galan Trio and professors of composition from selected US Universities, and from the notion of “Kinesis.” Kinesis is an undirected movement of a cell, organism, or part, in response to an external stimulus. In Greek, Kinesis means movement, motion. Motion is a fundamental characteristic of all living beings; motion is what all musicians worldwide have desired during the last couple of years; motion alludes to continuity and it’s a promise for the future of “Kinesis” itself.

The first edition of the project featured the work of five composers who contributed one original work for piano trio reflecting on the period of the pandemic. Galan Trio counts four editions by now in East Coast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and South Central regions and works by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, Martin Gendelman, Matthew Greenbaum, David Martynuik, Ken Steen, Alex Lubet, Navid Bargrizan, Larry Alan Smith and Richard Lavenda among others. The April 2024 edition in California features the work of Robert Denham, David Carter, Christopher Dobrian, Kevin Zhang, Pamela Madsen, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Deborah Kavasch, Ines Thibaut, Cindy Cox and Patricia Alessandrini.

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Known for the passionate and energetic spirit of their performances, the Athens-based Galan Trio is active both in Greece and internationally. Focused mainly on presenting new compositions, Galan Trio creates original programs, the most recent being Kinesis. For this project, the trio commissioned five distinguished composers from the United States to compose on this theme, a collaboration that led to their first tour in October 2021. Since then, Galan Trio presented Kinesis in more than 20 US universities and many more have been scheduled until fall 2025.

Galan Trio’s discography counts 4 albums by now; Switch (Akanthos Int. LTD), Ararat (Melism Records), Kinesis (Neuma Records) and De Chirico (Phasma Music). In 2017, they released their debut album Switch, a musical blend of cultures with works composed for and dedicated to Galan Trio by Thomas Bramel (U.S.A.), David Haladjian (Armenia), Vincent Kennedy (Ireland), Vasco Pereira (Portugal), Harald Weiss (Germany), and Nikos Xanthoulis (Greece). The album presentation took place in Athens at Megaron Concert Hall. Switch received critical acclaim and was broadcasted on the radio in Greece, Switzerland, the United States, Portugal, Germany and Armenia.

In July 2016, the ensemble travelled to Gulangyu, China, the so-called “Piano Island”, for the series of concerts “Greek Inspirations in China”, the first festival in China that featured Greek music. Collaborations with other accomplished composers and musicians include the mezzo-soprano Alexandra Gravas, the flutist Jessica Quinones, and the composers Dirk Brosse, Igor Vorobyov, Yorgos Vassilandonakis, Paul Richards, Arthur Aharonian, Martin Gendelman, Philip Blackburn, and Richard Lavenda among others. In 2019, Galan Trio composed and recorded the original soundtrack for the documentary Y1: Silence of the deep directed by Philippos Vardakas. Schott Editions published Secret Dancing by Harald Weiss with a dedication to the Trio. Recently, the Trio presented their work in the USA, Spain, Italy, Armenia, the Netherlands and in Greece as the prestigious Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Komitas Festival, the fourth online festival of the Greek National Opera, the Onassis Foundation’s Open Day and the Megaron Concert Hall series Music Portraits. In December 2021, Galan Trio premiered their project Ararat at the Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Galan Trio’s future plans include a new project in collaboration with the flutist Rita D’Arcangelo and the Three Esential Elements organization, the release of their new album Kinesis Vol. 2 (Neuma Records) and the fifth Kinesis project in California.

Jay Haide Vuillaume Cello Provided by Ifshin Violins in El Cerrito, CA

Cost: FREE