Phoebe Ray (bassoon)
Bill Cunliffe (piano/composer)
and Chris Bleth (oboe)
Trimotif... an ensemble with a penchant
is a group of flute, oboe, bassoon, and piano/composer
that explores musical expression absent the confines of
a defined genre. Our objective is a seamless fusion of
classical music and jazz with improvisation as an integral
part of our work. Bill Cunliffe, our pianist/ composer,
frequently composes original works for the ensemble and
we often add musical collaborators to the mix. Our programs
cultivate a warm interactive atmosphere.
Los Angeles Times REVIEW –
By Don Heckman
Bill Cunliffe adds colors to his palette An oboe and
bassoon join the pianist's trio at the Jazz Bakery.
and bassoon are not instruments that ordinarily turn up
in jazz. But fans of Bill Cunliffe have learned to anticipate
the unexpected from the eclectic pianist-composer. The
performance by his Trimotif ensemble Friday at the Jazz
Bakery, blending his jazz trio with the oboe of Chris
Bleth and the bassoon of Phoebe Ray, was a fascinating
glimpse of an unusual–but highly effective–musical
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by Joanne Topol
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"A Penchant for Tangents"
Jon's train track is four feet across.
A perfect circle, I am bored
In two minutes, he in twenty.
The train should go off
On a tangent, leave the circle,
Head through the door,
Through the pipe where
The sparrow came in and died,
Not finding the way to the trees.
Across the meadow, and stream,
Into the woods, soon lost, befuddled,
Hopelessly, irretrievably lost,
Leaving auguish in those
Who assume trains run on tracks.