Beyond Style: The Bohemian Trio Performs Tarde en La Lisa

by chipboaz on January 25, 2017

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When we think about music, we tend to think about style in such a confined fashion. In some ways, this is a good thing – it helps us understand and associate with genre; at times, it can also create cultural connections for the listener. In this situation, a connection to tradition is undeniable. Ultimately, it defeats the idea of musical expression though, forcing pre-conceived ideas upon us. It restricts us from thinking about music outside the normal stylistic parameters. We loose opportunities to explore music from a different perspective and find potential connection points between various styles. The best case scenario includes a concrete connection to tradition but approaches style with a fluid nature.

Today’s video features a group with a distinct personality that transcends style and boundaries – The Bohemian Trio. Formed in 2013, this group brings together three world class musicians – pianist Orlando Alonso, cellist Yves Dharamraj, and saxophonist Yosvany Terry – into an intimate and inspired setting. Each musician brings their own unique musical lineage into the mix, including Afro-Cuban folk music, classical composition, dance rhythms, and jazz improvisation. The resulting compositions and performances reveal associations with all these styles, but not a dominance of any one approach. It’s modern chamber music of the highest degree that requires strong musicality, an uncanny amount of listening, subtle interaction, and a deep knowledge of cultural traditions. There’s an unabashed beauty to the music that resonates with tradition while consistently pushing boundaries. Check out The Bohemian Trio performing a wonderful piece from their new album Okónkolo that walks bewteen a number of different stylistic directions – “Tarde en La Lisa.”

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