The Trio

FLUTE * CELLO * PIANO

The Antares Project musicians have collectively performed in a coal mine, a bar on Skid Row in Los Angeles, a swimming pool, and a giant conch shell suspended 60 feet in the air: testament to their bold spirit and their mission to bring new music to new audiences. That said, the Antares Project members have also performed in more traditional settings, such as Teatro Novo, Spoleto, Italy; Philharmonie Cologne, Germany; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland; and Jordan Hall, Boston, U.S.A.

Working closely with living composers is at the heart of Antares Project’s mission. Their next commission from composer, improvisor, audio artist, and sound designer Stephan Moore will be premiered in spring of 2013. Last summer they worked with and performed the music of Tristan Murial at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) in Boston. Their most recent commission is from  the extraordinary composer Gordon Kampe, and was premiered in Germany last fall. The group has performed works by composers including Nikolaus Huber, Kaija Saariaho, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, and Nomi Epstein. The trio’s instrumentation offers  timbral range of flute added to the contrasting possibilities of cello and piano, yielding a repertoire with a vibrant landscape of sound and a wide emotional range.

The trio members first met at the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, Germany in 2008, and within days were premiering a thorny piece that had pianist Barbara Lieurance taming windshield squeegees and mobile music stands, flutist Chelsea Czuchra juggling three different flutes, and cellist Nora Krahl conquering rhythms of eye-crossing complexity. Finding that they loved untangling new works with each other, they formed Antares Project, launching an ensemble with an uncanny synergy of personalities and artistry.

“Each of the musicians show strong presence, musicality, intelligence, openness and joy in their music making – all qualities that give reasons to expect something wonderful.”

Ute Stoecklin, Artistic Director of the Maison 44 Gallery in Basel, Switzerland

“Antares Project demonstrates qualities that are rare in ensembles of contemporary music: they pull hidden textures to clarity, form progressions into suspenseful developments and transform complex scores into multilayered liveliness. The three musicians radiate energy that is clearly felt by the listener.”

Günter Steinke, Professor of Composition at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany

News

We are excited to announce our next commission from composer Stephan Moore, to be performed in Spring 2013.