by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant
It’s “time” for “three of a perfect pair”—three musicians who flawlessly “pair” their impeccable voices to astonishing bow techniques on strings (two violins and one double bass)—in other words, a string trio who sings! Charles Yang, Nicolas Kendall and Ranaan Meyer bring their sensationally uncommon blend of vocals and instruments to the 2021 Ventura Music Festival live concert on Saturday, July 24, at 8 pm, at Pacifica High School Performing Arts Center, 600 E Gonzales Rd, in Oxnard.
Time For Three (TF3) celestially navigates the busy intersection of bluegrass and jazz Americana, modern pop and classical music. To experience this “classically trained garage band of fervent travelers” live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music (including Leonard Cohen, Jack Johnson and Bach’s Chaconne”) fold in on themselves and emerge anew. This unequalled ensemble of energy, intensity and artistry makes every audience—from PBS and NPR to Carnegie Hall and Yoshi’s jazz club—feel transportive joy!
Besides five albums, TF3 has commissioned new works from Pulitzer-Prize winning composers Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom; and scored, with Ben Sollee, Robin Wright’s directorial debut “Land” that premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
“This remarkable group is not to be missed, and its members play and sing with joy, mastery, creativity and supreme artistry in all that they do,” says music critic Leah Hollingsworth. “Truly, no one else is like Time for Three.”
Tickets and details for this 100% vaccinated event at www.venturamusicfestival.org.