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3 Leg Torso and Tabor Wind Ensemble collaboration – A Musical Journey to Eastern Europe
April 14 @ 2:30 pm$5 – $8
The members of 3 Leg Torso met Tabor Wind Ensemble conductor Gene Burton while rehearsing with the North Coast Symphonic Band in 2018, and Gene’s extraordinary skills on clarinet sparked a mutual desire for 3 Leg Torso and Gene’s new symphonic band to collaborate.
Immediately after our meeting, a program was conceived, a date was picked, and a venue was secured. To the excitement of everyone, the Tabor Wind Ensemble and 3 Leg Torso will join together to perform a diverse selection of music from across Eastern Europe. The combined groups will also perform 3 Leg Toro’s original compositions.
For those who haven’t seen 3 Leg Torso perform with a large musical group, they will be delighted by this new collaboration. The musicianship and energy of these large scale projects is powerful beyond words.
TABOR WIND ENSEMBLE
“Where Artistry Meets Community”
The Tabor Wind Ensemble is a newly formed adult group in conjunction with Warner Pacific University and under the direction of Gene Burton. The membership of this group is comprised of music educators, university musicians, professional musicians, and community musicians from the Portland area and beyond. The only requirements are that members have a love of music, play their instruments at a post-high school level, and are willing to share their musical skills with others. The band is very excited to be collaborating with 3 leg Torso on their debut performance this Spring. This concert promises to be one where you just can’t help but move around.
3 Leg Torso
Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, 3 Leg Torso’s cosmopolitan musical style flaunts wit and humor while holding true to the tenets that their music should be laced with sublime and uncommon beauty. 3 Leg Torso’s concerts take the listener on a musical travelogue equally embracing the high energy of pop/rock, the complex structures of chamber music, and the improvisational qualities of jazz.
Since the ensemble’s humble start over twenty years ago with spontaneous street performances — called “Meestering” by co-founders Béla R. Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle — they have been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, toured the east and west coasts, released six CDs (two with New York spoken word artist, NPR contributor and “Duplex Planet” founder David Greenberger), composed and recorded film and documentary scores, written new evening-length works commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and performed their original music with symphony orchestras. The cinematic nature of many of the ensemble’s compositions has paved the way for its inclusion in films by Academy Award winner Joan Gratz, Morgan Spurlock, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, Teller (Penn & Teller), and many others.