The Cavell Trio – Mentor Ensemble in Residence
The Cavell Trio, a Festival favorite, will perform on the opening night of the 20th Hot Springs Music Festival at 7.30 pm in the Arlington Ballroom. Tickets are $15; all students are admitted for $5.
Founded in 2007, the Cavell Trio is a chamber ensemble comprised of faculty from the University of Alabama School of Music. Since their formation, Cavell has been a leader in reed trio performance, bringing an increased awareness of the myriad possibilities of this chamber genre.
The ensemble is named after Mount Edith Cavell, a mountain located in the Athabasca River and Astoria River valleys of Jasper National Park, Canada. The mountain was named in 1916 for Edith Cavell, an English nurse executed by the Germans during World War I for assisting allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium to the Netherlands, in violation of military law.
The trio has performed at many national and international conferences. Their first invitation was the 2007 Experiencing Villa-Lobos Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This performance was the springboard for subsequent activity. Since then, the trio has become a mainstay at the International Double Reed Society conference (IDRS), performing at the 2011 (Tempe, AZ), 2012 (Oxford, OH) and 2013 (Redlands, CA) events. Cavell has also performed at the two most recent International Clarinet Association conferences (ICA), including the 2012 (Lincoln, NE) and 2013 (Assisi, Umbria, Italy). In 2012, the trio was invited to perform a week-long residency at the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The Cavell Trio is also firmly committed to education and spreading the educational potential of chamber ensembles for young students. The trio regularly performs recitals for young musicians in public schools throughout Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia and encourages their participation in the performances.
In 2012, the trio released their first album, The Art of Collective Invention (Blue Griffin BGR 247), a cd featuring the works of Ibert, Hetu, Szalowski, Francaix, Feld and Villa-Lobos. Reviews were extremely positive, including Ryan Romine from the IDRS Journal: “For fans of reed trio music…this ensemble is one to watch. Their playing on this first album is already at an exceptionally high level, which makes it all the more exciting to hear what they will bring to future recordings.”
That future recording is currently underway. Dialogue, a collection of works by Schulhoff, Schickele, Tansman, Chaudoir, Maros, Lutoslawski, Loucheur and a new work by Amir Zaheri, is now available. Both albums are under the Blue Griffin label, and the trio is proud to continue this association.
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