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KnoxTrio

New York, NY

KnoxTrio is an emerging flute, cello, and piano trio dedicated to experimental music. Comprised of Boston-based cellist Brianna Tagliaferro, Manhattan-based flutist Joshua Weinberg, and Brooklyn-based pianist Daniel Schreiner, KnoxTrio aims to increase the visibility of emerging femme+, trans, POC, and queer composers. Additionally, KnoxTrio seeks to re-imagine the contemporary music canon by re-framing seminal 20th-century works by incorporating visual, theatrical, and narrative elements. Brianna, Joshua, and Daniel met at the nief-norf Summer Festival in June 2017, where their interest of experimental and interdisciplinary work converged into the creation of a new chamber ensemble.

KnoxTrio’s inaugural concert “Footprints” at Spectrum (Brooklyn, NYC) presented an immersive, interdisciplinary concert program exploring sonic representations of the natural world from 1971 to the present. From George Crumb’s seminal trio Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) to Matthew Burtner’s atmospheric Snowprints (2001) to three 2018 world premieres (Alex Ring Gray, Victoria Romano, Ernest Ling), Footprints examines changing conceptions of humans’ precarious place within the environment, and the role of music in shaping these perspectives. About 70 minutes in length, the concert featured five musical works interspersed with thoughtfully-curated video clips, sound clips, and theatrical elements designed to heighten a sense of “narrative synesthesia”. With “Footprints,” KnoxTrio aims to highlight paradoxes between the often lush, sublime beauty of environmental music and the harsh realities of environmental abuse and impending climate change.

Vox Balanae by George Crumb

KnoxTrio
Joshua Weinberg, flute
Brianna Tagliaferro, cello
Daniel Schreiner, piano

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Snowprints by Matthew Burtner

Performed by KnoxTrio
Joshua Weinberg, flute
Brianna Tagliaferro, cello
Daniel Schreiner, piano

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