SUNDANCE TRIO BIOGRAPHY
Sundance Trio was formed in 2005 to explore and perform trios written for oboe, bassoon and piano. Based in Utah, members of the trio include oboist Geralyn Giovannetti, bassoonist Christian Smith, and pianist Jed Moss. Giovannetti and Smith are faculty colleagues at Brigham Young University’s School of Music where they also perform together in the resident woodwind quintet, Orpheus Wind Quintet. Moss is a much sought after solo and collaborative artist. Together, the Trio has performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom at colleges, chamber music series and at conferences.
The Trio has a repertoire of over 50 works and actively seeks to encourage new compositions. In 2007, the Barlow Endowment awarded the Sundance Trio a commission. The resulting work, Lyric Essay by Canadian composer, Malcolm Forsyth was premiered at the 2008 International Double Reed Society conference. In 2014, the BYU School of Music commissioned Utah composer Alyssa Morris to write for the Trio. Her composition, Up and Away (Story of a Balloon), was premiered in New York City at NYU as part of the IDRS Conference.
In 2009, the Sundance Trio released its debut CD recording on the Centaur Records label. The CD includes premiere recordings of works by American composers Margi Griebling-Haigh and David Sargent. A review by the IDRS Journal states, “They are truly a magnificent ensemble. Each artist is a talented and skillful musician, and since they have performed together so often, their ensemble playing is as good as it gets! This is a marvelous CD-full of interesting, new, and mostly uplifting music for an oboe-bassoon-piano ensemble.”
The American Record Guide wrote, “Each musician brings understanding of the works and performs with a particular sensitivity suited to the other performers” and the Salt Lake Tribune wrote, “The ensemble play is also fabulous. It’s a remarkable collaborative effort by three like-minded musicians who are equals in musicality and technical astuteness. This is a very fine album, both in the performances and in its conception.”
In 2014, the Sundance Trio released its second CD, Summer Garden, on Centaur Records. This disc includes works by Jenni Brandon, Bill Douglas, Peter Hope, Gernot Wolfgang, and Michael Head. Of this album, the American Record Guide wrote, “They are exceptionally talented musicians who seem to have broken through the mere performance of music into the world of thoughtful artistry and craft. This is the type of album you’ll want to play over and over.” In 2015, Sundance Trio marked its 10th anniversary with a soon-to-be-released third CD recording and concert tours in California and Ireland.
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