Formed in 1993, the Gryphon Trio continues to delight audiences around the globe with their highly refined and dynamic performances. Based in Toronto, the Gryphon Trio tours regularly throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Their celebrated recordings include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo and Shostakovich. With a strong commitment to expanding the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Their 2004 recording, Canadian Premieres, features the work of leading Canadian composers and was awarded a Juno. Their most recent recording, Tango Nuevo, features the music of Astor Piazzolla and Hilario Durin, and represents their tenth CD for the Analekta label.
As Canada's pre-eminent ensemble, the Gryphon Trio continues to be actively involved in teaching and nurturing future generations of both classical musicians and audiences. In addition to master classes at schools and universities across North America, the Gryphon Trio members are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where Dr. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is an Assistant Professor. The Trio has also collaborated with composer Gary Kulesha and music commentator Rob Kapilow in presenting enriching lecture-demonstrations.
Strongly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has collaborated on special projects with clarinetist James Campbell, actor Colin Fox, choreographer David Earle, and a host of jazz luminaries at Toronto's Lula Lounge. Their most ambitious undertaking has been the groundbreaking multimedia production of Christos Hatzis' Constantinople, which has been performed in Canada, the United States, and was presented by the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in
England in 2006.
Cellist Roman Borys has taken the lead with the Trio's responsibilities as Artistic Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, a position they have held for two seasons. The Gryphon Trio has been a mainstay at the OICMF since its inception, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, and many other chamber music festivals.
Working with jazz and world-music artists, the Gryphon Trio makes boundaries between musical genres disappear. Broken Hearts & Madmen, is the natural outcome to a show featuring tangos, pop tunes and Mexican folksongs, which reunited the Gryphon with their Constantinoplepartners, Patricia O'Callaghan and Roberto Occhipinti. Broken Hearts & Madmen is unlike any previous chamber music album. The album was recorded like a pop album, with live in-studio performances and close miking of the musicians. Musically, the album is global in spirit, mixing Latin songs with jazz-tinged tunes by some of pop's most revered composers.
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Working with jazz and world-music artists, the Gryphon Trio makes boundaries between musical genres disappear. Its most recent project, Broken Hearts & Madmen, is the natural outcome to a show featuring tangos, pop tunes and Mexican folksongs, which reunited the Gryphon with their Constantinople partners.
Broken Hearts & Madmen is unlike any previous chamber music album. The album was recorded like a pop album, with live in-studio performances and close miking of the musicians. Musically, the album is global in spirit, mixing Latin songs with jazz-tinged tunes by some of pop's most revered composers.
From Nick Drake and Laurie Anderson to Los Lobos and Lhasa, the range of material on Broken Hearts & Madmen is admirably genre-stretching. The record moves naturally from the bittersweet to the emotional depths of a tortured love song. A few songs showcase the Trio's rhythmic drive with spirited dances.