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, composition, and arrangements, 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 include Carnegie Hall, appearances with the Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, sold-out concerts with the Czech Philharmonic and BBC Proms, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” Time for Three traveled throughout Europe as a highlight act of the 2016 NOTP (Night of The Proms) tour.
Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ unique musical backgrounds. The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Ranaan Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio’s offerings.
In 2014, Time for Three released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three, which spent seven consecutive weeks at 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 Games and Challenges by William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony. Their latest project, a three-year residency with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, includes commissions for three new works. Time for Three premiered the first of these works, Elevation: Paradise, in Sun Valley in August 2015 and the second, Free Souls, in July 2016.
On March 25, 2016, PBS premiered the Emmy-winning show “Time for Three in Concert” nationwide. “Time for Three in Concert” is an hour-long program, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Universal Music Classics and WFYI Public Media, that brings together diverse artists and unique arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience.
TIME FOR THREE RELEASE THEIR FIRST ORIGINAL SONG WITH VOCALS “JOY”
(Photo Credit: Lauren Desberg)
Today, Time For Three, the world-renowned trio, releases their first original vocal composition “Joy.”
LISTEN TO “JOY” HERE
In a statement, Time For Three notes, ‘”Joy” is a song that we wrote to capture the often-unknown struggles behind something beautiful or meaningful. The three of us are all classically trained musicians so when we first started writing this song, our original inspiration of a protagonist was Beethoven, someone who has given the world so much joy yet had lived quite a difficult life. On a broader spectrum, it’s a song about anyone who has given the gift of joy and has undergone the rollercoaster of emotions getting there.”
Time for Three consists of founding members Nicolas Kendall (violin), Ranaan Meyer (double bass), and newest member Charles Yang who joined Kendall and Meyer in 2016 It’s Yang, who the Boston Globe said, “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star” singing lead on “Joy,” with Kendall and Meyer providing backing vocals. The track was written by all three members and recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Femke Weidema.
While Joy represents their first original recording with vocals, the band plans to create more vocally-fronted music in the coming months while they keep a busy touring schedule.
To date, Time For Three has performed shows throughout the world with multiple artists: from NYC’s singer-songwriter epicenter Rockwood Music Hall to Carnegie Hall, from the BBC Proms to the Kennedy Center, Time for Three has successfully brought its music to hundreds of thousands of fans. Highlights included appearances with the iconic Boston Pops, a 10-year residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, orchestra dates in Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne, an appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and an Emmy award for their PBS self-titled special.
As an artist who loves to tell stories through video, their videos have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube. The band’s eponymous debut spent seven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Chart.
Below are upcoming live appearances:
Jun 19 — Prague, Czech Republic –Czech Philharmonic
Aug 22 — Altenof, Germany — Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Aug 23 — Hasselberg, Germany — Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Sep 28 — Little Rock, Arkansas — Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Sep 29 — Little Rock, Arkansas — Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
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