New Release of the Week: American Moments

Jan 2, 2017

 

 

With an ensemble name that translates to “radiant” in Gaelic, it’s little surprise that the Neave Piano Trio is hailed as one of the brightest up-and-coming chamber ensembles. Inspired by the passion of their friend Bruce, whose daughter Niamh is the trio’s namesake, the ensemble’s mission is to engage, to exchange and to connect both with audiences and their collaborators. The trio made their debut in 2014 with their self-produced album Earth and Sky.

The trio’s second album, American Moments, parallels the ensemble’s own international nature: violinist Anna Williams hails from the United States, cellist Mikhail Veselov from Russia and pianist and Interlochen Arts Academy alumna Eri Nakamura (IAA 96-99, IAC 96) from Japan. American Moments features trios by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Arthur Foote (1853-1937) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), three celebrated American composers with international roots. Since its release on November 18, the album’s first shipment has already sold out on Amazon.

Although American Moments is a more traditional recording, Neave also embraces new music, social media and collaboration. The ensemble avidly champions living composers and will debut several world-premiere commissions in their 2017 season. The members of Neave have collaborated with numerous groups across artforms and launched their Stein 2.0 concert series to engage audiences through participation and social media. In 2017, they will produce a short film, “4Seasons,” in collaboration with Pablo Berron and the Blythe Barton Dance Company.

The trio’s January engagements include appearances at the YPCA and Chamber Music America showcases followed by a residency at Concord Music Academy.