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Time for Three's self-titled album / Clevelandclassical.com review

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In this day and age it's not unusual for classically-trained musicians to experiment with and perform music of seemingly unrelated genres. And it's always interesting to hear how they go about incorporating their classical sensibilities into the works of bands like the Beatles or into bluegrass tunes like "Orange Blossom Special".

With their 2009 release, Three Fervent Travelers, the Curtis Institute of Music-trained string ensemble Time For Three, made up of violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer, sent a clear message that they were the torch-bearers of this new approach to classical music that defies all traditional genre classifications.

Fueled by new repertoire, that torch burns even brighter on their recent, self-titled release, which marks their debut on the Universal Music Classics label. In addition to tracks co-produced by Rob Moose from Bon Iver and Grammy-winning producer David Lai, the album also features collaborations with an array of outstanding musicians from a variety of musical styles. The album also cuts to the core of who Time for Three is. As Nick Kendall explains: "Like most young people in America now, the three of us grew up listening to all kinds of music – '90s hip-hop, grunge, bluegrass – and we've always played a wide variety of music. We're part of a new generation of classically-trained musicians who approach diverse styles from the same heartfelt place. We hear and feel it all in a similar way, as just music." READ THE FULL Clevelandclassical.com REVIEW.