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Time for Three: new album, documentary and mashup / NUVO

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Time for Three arrived here in 2008, an unknown entity except for violinist Zach DePue, whom we already knew as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster. It didn't take long for a new audience - enthralled by the threesome's charisma, chemistry and chutzpah? - to start flocking to their shows, particularly the Happy Hour nights when they were billed as headliner. DePue's shy, quiet approach was complemented by violinist Nick Kendall's infectious energy and bassist Ranaan Meyer's persuasive charm.

Now they're as much a part of the city as Lady Victory. And they're nationally identified not only in concert halls where they regularly are featured guest performers but also as partners, since 2011, with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center "to bring their message to schools across the country through residencies, workshops and the media."

So it follows as a matter of good marketing for the TV side of WFYI to produce a pledge special that was broadcast Dec. 9 and 14. Time for Three: Live with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra featured DePue, Kendall and Meyer in the studio, chatting about their philosophy and approach to music that defies a traditional genre classification as they blend and bend their classical training into and around bluegrass, country and western, jazz and improvisation. Segments showed the trio playing with a range of groups, from the ISO to guest artists Joshua Radin, Lily and Madeleine and Tony Styxx.

Tf3's latest self-titled release on Universal Classics features tracks co-produced by Rob Moose and has the trio collaborating with Branford Marsalis, Alisa Weilerstein and Jake Shimabukura, among others.