The Kenworthy presents The International String Trio
March 2 @ 8:00 pm$15
Performance: March 2, 8:00 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM
$15 in advance
$18 at the door
International String Trio
with a special guest –Victor Prieto on accordion
True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen styles from far-flung lands. Employing their instruments as passports, the adventurous triumvirate unlocks the doors to a global array of tunes drawn from jazz, folk, popular, classical, film and other sources.
Featuring Russian-born guitarist Slava Tolstoy, virtuoso violinist Rob Flax and American acoustic bassist Greg Feingold, the IST’s players embody its cosmopolitan aesthetic. The trio’s riveting performances encompass a breathtaking range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian laments, traditional Irish reels, celebratory klezmer, passionate tango, graceful French musette, and burning bluegrass. While steeped in jazz, they play intricately arranged music that leaves room for improvisation without focusing on it.
While the IST owes its success largely to its superlative musicianship, enthralling performances and original concept, there’s a practical side too. As a compact trio the group is economical and highly portable. Comfortable in intimate chamber settings, concert halls or large auditoriums, the IST performs about 150 shows a year at the PAC’s, festivals, jazz clubs, schools and universities.
Recent performance highlights include a highly successful Northwest Tour
- 3 appearances on the popular NPR show “Says You,”
- Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Festival in Crested Butte, CO
- Djangovegas Festival in Las Vegas, NV
- Jazz on the Plazz Festival in Los Gatos, CA
- Yoshi’s in San Francisco
- Regattabar and Scullers Jazz Clubs in Boston, MA.
About the Ensemble
Slava Tolstoy – Guitar, Musical Director
Slava’s background includes studies of composition and guitar performance at St.-Petersburg Jazz Conservatory, Russia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, where he was a scholarship student. He founded the International String Trio in 1999 and developed a unique performance concept for the ensemble. Slava plays guitar in the group as well as does band leading and arranging. In addition to being an accomplished performer Mr. Tolstoy is also a songwriter and producer with several credits under his belt.
Rob Flax (violin)
Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Evanston, IL with a playful heart and an open mind. He has performed nationally and internationally with groups of many different styles, including opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power, playing viola and violin with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and YouTube star Jacob Collier, upright bass in an Argentine tango ensemble, mandolin and fiddle in various bluegrass bands, electric violin in several rock bands, collaborations with modern dancers, and more. As a composer Rob has written music for choreographers, film (including work on the soundtrack of James Franco’s film As I Lay Dying), and several original projects. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M. 2012 – Contemporary Improvisation, Music In Education), and he currently lives in Boston, MA.
Victor Prieto (accordion)
Grammy winner Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as “A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer” and by The All About Jazz as “One of the best Jazz and World music accordionists nowadays”.
Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace, Sony BMG Masterworks. “2010 Grammy Winning Album”), Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cristina Pato, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Emilio Solla (“Second Half” 2014 Grammy Nominated album) Paquito D’Rivera, Chris Cheek, Christian Howes Group. Victor teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music, “Playing outside the Box”, Spain, Italy, Portugal and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York.
Some of Victor’s awards and prizes are: The Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize CMZK’s Concourse of Composition.
Greg Feingold (bass)
Greg started playing piano at the age of five and transitioned to bass when he was 10. He soon began performing all over the Chicago-land area with various groups. After graduating from the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Greg was given a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
After graduating, Greg moved to New York and began playing with Winard Harper. Throughout his stay in New York, he worked with legendary jazz performers such as Jimmy Cobb, Eric Reed, Eric Harland, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Turre and many others. Greg moved to Seattle in 2015 to change his surroundings and currently performs with a variety of groups around the west coast. He also co-leads the 200 Trio which performs around the country as one of the up and coming jazz guitar trios.
$15 in advance
$18 at the door