Mikael Darmanie, piano/keyboards
Josh Henderson, violin
Ju-Young Lee, cello
Rick Martinez, percussion
“Every chamber music program needs this kind of energy. While the beginning and ending
compositions by Haydn and Brahms provided expected pleasures, it was the Warp Trio’s
own jazz/tango/classical works that gave the concert a kick in the pants.”
- Cape Cod Times
Described as “a talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music” (Columbia Free Times), Warp Trio is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard trained members juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one of a kind trio (that even has a fourth member!) can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops with students from grade school through university level.
Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Warp has performed hundreds of concerts all across the United States, in addition to tours throughout the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include, headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, and the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, as well as the sold-out world premiere of their Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra with the New York City based Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and being one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. In the 2019-2020 season, they have been recipients of the Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward grant, and will be touring and premiering a brand new original Triple Concerto with the ensemble Palaver Strings. This season will also take them to Côte d’Ivoire, where they will be featured guests at the MASA Jazz Festival, and this summer they will make their first trip to Canada as guest performers at Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Their educational work takes them to numerous colleges and universities where they present their original workshops and masterclasses in improvisation and creative music making. Recent highlights include, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, U.K.), James Madison University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Cal State LA, University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and SUNY Binghamton, among many others.
Individually, the members of Warp Trio hold degrees in performance from The Juilliard School, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and New York University. The beneficiaries of an incredibly diverse range of education, among the ensemble they have received chamber music training from members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson, and La Salle Quartets as well as jazz instruction from figures such as Ray Anderson, Tony Moreno, Dave Pietro, and Mike Richmond.
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