THE SECRET TRIO is made up of three astounding musicians. Macedonian clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, Armenian oud player Ara Dinkjian, and Turkish kanun player Tamer Pınarbaşı exude pure joy when performing together, resulting in music which is at once deeply rooted in their respective traditions, and yet startlingly innovative. Their arrangements and compositions blend western harmonic colors with micro-tonal modes, jazz-inspired improvisation with “odd” time signatures, and classical sophistication with folk melodies.
By inventing new ways to play percussively on fundamentally melodic instruments, the ensemble never sounds like only three instruments.
The Secret Trio has recorded three CDs: Soundscapes, Three Of Us, and the brand new Coexist. They have performed in prestigious venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center (NYC), GroundUp Festival (Miami), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington D.C.), Cemal Reşit Rey Theatre (Istanbul), Odeon Theatre (Amman, Jordan), Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens, Greece), and with a full symphony orchestra at the Sparda Classic Night in Wurzburg, Germany.
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