Music Beyond Borders: Revisit the World with The Secret Trio (Turkish, Middle Eastern, Macedonian and Armenian music)

Although the coronavirus likely prevents us from presenting Music Beyond Borders this summer, we thought you might enjoy revisiting some of the wonderful moments from past performances.

For  10 years, Music Beyond Borders, a collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center has offered this summer series of free outdoor programs of world music and dance….bringing a taste of cultures from six continents to summer lunchtimes on the Morristown Green.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and sample some of the past delights of Music Beyond Borders –
The Secret Trio (Turkish, Middle Eastern, Macedonian and Armenian music), from June 23, 2015

Enjoy hearing the close ensemble work and musical “conversation” between kanun (plucked zither) and clarinet in this video:


And here is a little taste of The Secret Trio’s version of gypsy soul  featured in Brahms’ iconic Hungarian Rhapsody #5:

The Secret Trio’s three astounding musicians, Ara Dinkjian (oud), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet) and Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun), created a new type of chamber music, combining new and interesting approaches to their instruments with a multiplicity of traditions. They performed a collection of original pieces and traditional melodies that fuse the microtonal modes and improvisation of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans, and elements of jazz, rock, classical and world music. The delicate harmonies, driving rhythms, rapid fire synchrony and intricate counterpoint developed by these musicians – with separate roots in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music – are extraordinary.  By inventing new ways to play percussively on fundamentally melodic instruments, the ensemble never sounds like only three instruments. Award-winning as soloists as well as chamber musicians, Ismail, Ara and Tamer have performed internationally at such leading venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Kennedy Center, as well as in venues throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Additional VIDEOS  include samplings of the unusual assymetrical meters, virtuoso clarinet playing and exceptional unison playing,  HERE and HERE .

Here are some PHOTOS from their performance: