The String Trio of New York
Since its formation in 1977 on the Lower East Side of New York City, the String Trio of New York (S3NY) has been delighting, inspiring and thrilling audiences around the world with its singular acoustic improvisations and compositions for violin, guitar, and bass.
Hailed by critics worldwide, the New York Times observed that the Trio “…played jazz that was rhythmically alive, stylistically varied and consistently inventive as anything this listener has heard recently. JazzTimes raved, “No individual or ensemble has done more to demystify chamber jazz, and to realize its potential for warmth, sensuousness, and beauty…than the String Trio of New York.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said that the S3NY “…is solidly prepared, but offers the excitement of improvisation projected through unshakable musicianship.”
The S3NY has been one of the most active touring ensembles of its kind and has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, East Asia, India, the Middle East, and North Africa. Their international jazz festival appearances include Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Vancouver, Toronto, Leipzig, Cracow, Victoria, Edmonton, Lovere, Tampere, Leverkusen, Warsaw, and others.
In the United States, the S3NY has performed at the Mellon, Ravinia and Newport Jazz Festivals as well as Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Walker Arts Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Kennedy Center, Houston’s Da Camera Society, Stanford Lively Arts, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, The Wexner Center at Ohio St., The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Wolf Trap, and many others. The ensemble has been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and on Public Radio International’s Concerts from the Library of Congress. The S3NY’s remarkable music has contributed immeasurably to the chamber jazz idiom.
The S3NY brings together three of the most virtuosic, creative and unique individuals in jazz and contemporary music:
James Emery has received international recognition for his distinctive and highly original approach to both improvisation and composition. His sensibility as a musician draws in nearly equal measures on formal notions of structure and technique and a robust willingness to improvise, experiment, and follow his musical intuition.
Rob Thomas is regarded as one of the most impressive contemporary jazz violinists. His breadth of ideas, stunning technique and total command of the jazz vocabulary inspire all who hear him. JazzTímes calls him “a violinist of exceptional creative resources… riveting as a solo voice with a rich complex tone that can sing or shriek.”