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Three Part Invention

by Aaberg, Friesen & Silverman

“An absolute delight! Imagine a dream team of three vibrant composer/performers offering a joyous approach to some of the greatest music ever written.” - Gordon J. Johnson Vice President of the International Conductors’ Guild
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arioso - from Cantata No. 156
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2. Air on a Six-String - from Suite No. 3 for Strings
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4:05 $0.99
3. The New Orleans Concerto - 1st movement of the Italian Concerto
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3:07 $0.99
4. Honesty - Largo, 2nd movement from the Double Concerto
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5:56 $0.99
5. Betrayal - Prelude #2 in Cm from the Well Tempered Clavier I
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2:56 $0.99
6. Oath - Prelude #3 in C# Major from the Well Tempered Clavier II
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4:35 $0.99
7. WheelWorks - Prelude #5 in D Major from the Well Tempered Clavier I
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3:44 $0.99
8. Secret - "Wachet Auf, Rut us die Stimme" from Cantata #140
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5:31 $0.99
9. Candlelight - Prelude #8 in Ebm from the Well Tempered Clavier I
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3:57 $0.99
10. Seduction - Three-part Invention #15
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2:32 $0.99
11. The Soul in Stained Glass - Largo, from Sonata #3 for Violin
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6:23 $0.99
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Album Notes

With the hearts of revolutionaries and the minds of scholars, Three Part Invention use tools from jazz, rock, avant-garde, world and classical music to fashion a sound and sensibility which is pure twenty-first century. On their debut classical crossover CD, “Improvisations on Bach,” these graduates of Juilliard, Yale and Harvard play traditional instruments -- violin, cello and piano – in a distinctly fresh sound combining their grounding in the classics with their love for contemporary rhythms, harmonies and styles.
While a chamber music group with the violin/cello/piano lineup would properly be called a “piano trio,” Three Part Invention is a bit more like a jazz trio since the roles of bass and drums are often ingeniously played by the violin and cello. But there is no precedent for the instrumental dexterity, improvisation, creative interplay and pure fun that Silverman, Friesen and Aaberg exude as they expand the chamber form in music that is both immediate and profound.

Using works of Johann Sebastian Bach as a launching pad, the trio makes full use of the rich harmonic language music lovers associate with classical music, while taking improvisational liberties with the melodies and inserting rhythmic energy from rock, jazz and world drumming into the mix. “Pretty good basic material” is how the group dryly describes Bach’s music, while simultaneously displaying their obvious reverence in new versions with wide-ranging stylistic references from bossa nova to New Orleans stride.

Three Part Invention is a harbinger of chamber music groups to come. Each member has earned credentials as classical musicians, each took an immediate turn toward popular styles and, over time, each has created unique musical statements synthesizing their diverse musical paths. As their influence is manifested through their work, through their students, and through the work of like-minded artists like Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, The Turtle Island String Quartet and others, the profile of the contemporary musician is being forever altered. As part of the cutting edge, Three Part Invention embodies the essence of contemporary imagination and creativity while honoring and expressing the nobility of the human experience.

"I really love the CD...having studied Bach my entire life, I find it so refreshing to hear these pieces with a fresh take...comforting and invigorating."
- Angella Ahn, Violinist
The Ahn Trio



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
JS Bach is often remembered as an amazing improvisor of his own work as well as that of other composers. Contemporary artists improvising on Bach’s music is not a new idea, but when stellar musicians such as Philip Aaberg (piano), Eugene Friesen (cello), and Tracy Silverman (violin and six-string viola) combine forces, the improvisations become an event - true to the original spirit of the music yet bright and shiny new. Graduates of Harvard, Yale, and Juilliard, the trio brings varied backgrounds in classical, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, new age, and avant-garde music and merges all of these influences with their life-long love of Bach’s music. Although the improvisations go in many different directions, the music is recognizable. Eugene Friesen renamed the pieces, but the original titles are also listed, allowing listeners to seek out the originals for comparison or to refresh their memories. One of the things I really love about this album is the obvious joy that the musicians are sharing by making music together. The sound quality of this recording is also exceptional - clean and pristine yet warm and soulful.

The first trio is “Arioso” from Cantata #156. Jazzy from the first notes, all three artists have a chance to cook on this one. I love “Air On a Six-String”! Friesen’s cello leads the way, but each artist has a place in the spotlight with a slightly different interpretation of the haunting melody. Aaberg provides an exotic rhythm in the background that gives the piece wings. My favorite track is “The New Orleans Concerto,” which comes from the first movement of The Italian Concerto. Philip Aaberg has been one of my favorite artists for years, and I especially enjoy his blues piano, so this one gets me every time! Pure, unadulterated joy pours out of his piano as the cello and violin dance around it. “Betrayal” (Prelude #2 in Cm) is another favorite. Dark, edgy, and slightly mysterious, it really rocks! “Oath” (Prelude #3 is C#) is much more delicate, with all three musicians showing their gentler sides. “Candlelight” (Prelude #8 in Ebm) is elegant and graceful with strong feelings of loss and melancholy. “Seduction” (Three-part Invention #15) is more energetic and edgy, totally surrendering at the end.

Three Part Invention is a captivating musical experience, and one that I highly recommend. Check it out!

Deborah Dewey

Sensational Leap of Faith
I am overcome by the groundbreaking Bach CD. YOU ALL do with it what WE ALL strive for...taking the music and sentiment that lives in the original Bach pieces and expanding it through your own creative spirit...we classical musicians are usually bound by the notes. Well, so were you, but you spiralled your own magical abilities beyond Bach's notes into musical territories and heartbreakingly beautiful sounds not usually associated with Bach. Nostalgia, grace, intellect, humanity. All pouring out of you three through your unique geniuses. Really, this CD is a catalogue of what it feels like to be human.