Ethnoeccentric String Trio at Tea Lounge

The Ethnoeccentric String Trio is making a rare appearance at the Tea Lounge, 837 Union St., Brooklyn. While it's been over a year since the ensemble has performed as such, its members have been often collaborating on other projects, and are excited to bring back their experiences to the group. Cellist Greg Heffernan will be sitting in for Christopher Hoffman, and percussionist John Hadfield will be sitting in with the ensemble.

Born of collaboration between violinist Skye Steele, cellist Christopher Hoffman and guitarist Jay Vilnai, the trio's members draw on scrapbooks from their various travels in the New York music scene and around the world, and bring a globe-spanning variety of music into focus through the prism of the improvisational string trio. All three musicians have played with various world music and world-fusion ensembles, including Vilnai's Vampire Suit, the middle-eastern Anistar, Nation Beat, klezmer-punk band Midrash Mish Mosh, Balkan influences Paradox Trio and more. The trio plays tunes collected from all these experiences and original songs influenced by them. The chamber like ensemble allows for a new insight and different approach to thses timeless melodies. The diverse repertoire inclides Bulgarian dances, Greek Rembetika, Brazilian forros, Bartok and more.

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