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"What a splendid concert you gave us. The audience, which I would estimate at overall about 1,200 or more, was very appreciative and attentive and well they should have been because your group is really excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the String Trio of New York to other presenters, particularly as it serves brilliantly to bridge jazz and "contemporary" music and is tremendously accessible to all sorts of people. I know, because we had all sorts of people there and they loved it. Thanks again for all the trouble you took and for your excellence as musicians and composers. It was a pleasure."   Jenneth Webster, Associate Director of Programming, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

"On behalf of Da Camera of Houston, I would like to thank the String Trio of New York for the care and consideration you invested in our community during your recent extended visit to Houston. Your unique artfulness reaches far beyond the stage helping everyone you touch feel part of the joyous journey you create in your original compositions and insightful arrangements of jazz standards. The seven residency activities leading up to your concerts here - ranging from the dialogue on diversity with our corporate sponsor and their employees, to poetry and improvisation with poet Quincy Troupe, to the families and children you reached in the schools, church and zoo - all were a significant investment in bringing the uninitiated into your world and creating a secure and loyal audience for the music.

Most amazing about this of, course, is that your particular music - chamber jazz - exists outside of traditional categories for music. It is fresh, unique and for the most part new music - all things that are typically considered a challenge to audiences. But our experience was one of community celebration. The audience attending two sold-out performances of the String Trio with special guests Oliver Lake and Sarah Rothenberg were enthusiastic, engaged and willing to trust the experience. The creative professionalism of your comprehensive residency was an important part of what helped us reach and extend our relationship with this audience. Thank you for sharing all you have to offer with Houston."  Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director, Da Camera of Houston

"Your concert at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden last November was sensational - the original material was brilliant and riveting and the arrangements of tunes by Mingus, Hendrix and Bernstein were wonderfully clever and well-chosen. All in all the String Trio of New York's performance was a highlight of last year's performing arts season; and I have no doubt that you will top yourself again in the year to come."   Penelope P. Dann, Program Coordinator Performing Arts, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

"In April, the String Trio of New York performed a wonderful concert at Real Art Ways. Thanks in large part to excellent pre-concert information supplied by the s3ny, we were able, through our local media outlets, to generate a large and diversified audience. The audience remained enraptured throughout the concert. It was a pleasure to work with s3ny; they were on time for the sound check, and were available to meet and speak with interested audience members after the concert. As Music Curator for one of the best known alternative art centers in the United States, I would highly recommend the String Trio of New York for engagement in any venue."  Brian Johnson, Music Curator, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

"On behalf of the Painted Bride, I am writing to say that the June 18 performance on the Mellon Jazz Festival by the String Trio of New York was one of our season's highlights! My staff and I thought it was simply a grand evening of fine music making. I would be most interested in having you return and would also like to encourage any available funders or patrons to support your fine group in setting up touring for the group."  Ludwig Van Trikt, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

"You made our season finale an unexpectedly popular success. We were quite pleased with the size of our audience: you attracted a large group of "academic" new music devotees as well as a sizable modern jazz listening contingent, leaving both aesthetically sated. It was a pleasure working with you from start to finish."  Larry Luttinger, Society for New Music, Syracuse, NY

"The String Trio of New York's outstanding performance at the ArtsCenter in January was one of the highlights of our winter season. Area jazz fans are still talking about your concert, and, needless to say, are urging us to invite you back again."  Jane Reinecke, Manager, Sunday Jazz Series, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

"It was truly a pleasure working with the String Trio of New York. It is refreshing to encounter musicians who combine an inveterate professionalism with an affable manner. The energy in the hall that night was electric, the performance enlivening. I think it was as clear to the audience as it was to me that you all are not only excellent composers and performers, but that you also thoroughly enjoyed the music and performing together. I wish you and the group continued success and look forward to another concert by the Trio at the museum sometime in the future."  Ellen Breitman, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

"I would like to bring to your attention the very valuable experience my university and I had working with the String Trio of New York. We had them give five workshops and a performance in their five day visit at Ferris State University. The workshops were very informative, engaging and well-organized. They are quite comfortable in front of a classroom.

Each of the workshops were different; the s3ny did not simply present the same material five times. This shows significant preparation of their part. While residencies are workshops have become popular, even trendy, skill in doing them is not as pervasive. The s3ny are masters of the residency process. They can adjust to different audiences, and the have a significant amount of material to draw upon. The s3ny are virtuoso musicians, yet they were able to engage non-musicians. In fact, FSU had no liberal arts majors at the time of their visit, so one must regard our students as a significant challenge. They are presenting aesthetic notions to a student group with virtually no prior experience in such matters. They are also presenting contemporary music to students who would never have encountered it before. In spite of these obstacles, it was clear the students were impressed and even won over to what they were trying to say.

I should also add that the s3ny is composed of fine and pleasant people. One aspect of residencies that is often overlooked is that the host will be spending a significant amount of time with them, and it is very helpful if the group is easy to get along with. The s3ny are wonderful people, a real pleasure to work with. It is my intention to work with them again in the future. I highly recommend the s3ny residency for any university program."  J. Randall Groves, Prof. Of Humanities, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

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