Bill Cunliffe (piano/composer)
and Chris Bleth
The roots of Trimotif extend back 25 years when Phoebe
Ray and Bill Cunliffe were students at the Eastman School
of Music. Bill was in the Jazz Department and Phoebe in
Instrumental Music. Bill’s career went off in the
direction of big bands, jazz ensemble, composing, arranging,
and improvising and Phoebe’s in the direction of orchestral
and chamber music.
But art is expression that threads its way through one’s
life constantly looking for new forms. Thus, Bill and Phoebe
encountered each other again in 2003 in Los Angeles, joined
David Shostac (Principal flute of the LA Chamber Orchestra),
and found common ground in an ensemble where expression,
not genre, was the theme. More recently, Chris Bleth (known
to Hollywood film and TV composers as the player to hire
to cover multiple woodwind instruments in a variety of styles),
has joined us on oboe.
We coined the name Trimotif to represent three individuals
joining diverse backgrounds to form new angles and new perspectives.
We look for other artists who share our vision, each of
us driven by style, drama, and expression and a desire to
communicate with our audiences in a warm interactive atmosphere.