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PROJECT Trio concert
PROJECT Trio concert
PROJECT Trio fuses classical music with eclectic variety of music
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – PROJECT Trio, a chamber music ensemble that blends classical training with jazz, hip-hop and rock, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Carlsen Center's Polsky Theater.
Tickets, which are $30, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or at www.jccc.edu/TheSeries.
The Trio, comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, N.Y., are Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass. They perform more than 70 concerts a year, playing to fans of all ages in venues around the world. Their YouTube channel has had more than 71 million views.
Downbeat Magazine described the Trio as "packed with musicianship, joy and surprise." And The Wall Street Journal hailed them for their "wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing."
PROJECT Trio's discography includes four recordings, Winter in June, Project Trio, Brooklyn and their most recent release, When Will Then Be Now, and a DVD, PROJECT Trio: Live in Concert, all on the Trio's own record label, Harmonyville Records. Last fall, their catalog-spanning Random Roads Collection was released on Tummy Touch Records and immediately soared to the top of the classical and jazz charts.
Pattillo is known throughout the world for his redefinition of flute sound. Praised by The New York Times as "the best person in the world at what he does," his groundbreaking videos on YouTube showcasing beatbox flute have been viewed more than 45 million times. He was classically trained as a student of Joshua Smith at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In San Francisco, he began blending beatbox techniques and flute styles with the sounds of beat poetry and hip hop rhymes, ultimately developing his style combining classical music with the street art of beatboxing.
Stephenson's style ranges from classical to jazz to rock and folk. He has performed with numerous orchestras such as the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tenn., and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. He also was a regular substitute for the Cleveland Orchestra.
Stephenson earned his bachelor and master of music degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Seymour, a native of Dallas, has performed with a multitude of artists and ensembles. As a regular substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra, he performed under the baton of Franz Welser-Most and as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He served as events coordinator for the New World Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2004.