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Mobius Trio

guitar trio

Described by the eminent Sergio Assad as “the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today,” Mobius Trio’s mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world — the guitar — to create a new lexicon of music.

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Described by the eminent Sergio Assad as “the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today,” Mobius Trio has, since its inception in 2010, made its name as one of the Bay Area’s best and hottest young ensembles.

Mobius Trio’s mission is to use the most popular, ubiquitous instrument in the world — the guitar — to create a new lexicon of music; one that freely combines the varied influences of musicians who grew up with unfettered access to the world’s entire musical library. To accomplish this, they collaborate with composers and other musicians to commission pieces that reflect this beautiful musical schizophrenia: “classical,” punk, bebop, metal, folk, hardcore, and many other genres form the DNA of this music, in which the walls between genres cease to exist and old dichotomies start to unravel. Are they a band or an ensemble? One minute, they are premiering a new classical guitar trio by Brazilian guitar legend Sergio Assad, the next they’re using electric guitars to create a droning wave of feedback in Nick Vasallo’s Dark Matter.

The Trio exclusively performs music that they have commissioned, and they commission some of the music world’s most interesting composers. They seek to expand the guitar ensemble’s repertoire to encompass all of the myriad currents passing through “contemporary art music,” whatever that means. Mobius Trio has commissioned over two dozen composers in their first three years of existence, and that pace isn’t slowing. Recent premieres include pieces by Samuel Adams, Aaron Gervais, and Nick Vasallo, and the Trio looks forward to many, many upcoming collaborations with composers like Ryan Brown, Luciano Chessa, and Ian Dicke. Performance residencies with the trio frequently include workshops on the process of performer/composer collaboration.

Since recording commissioned works is an integral part of expanding and disseminating an ensemble’s repertoire, Mobius Trio’s debut album, Last Light, features all of the aforementioned commissions and more. The album was produced by Sergio Assad and Marc Teicholz and released in November 2012. Mobius has also toured widely with this new repertoire, performing at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Center for New Music, Old First Concert Series, the Hot Air Music Festival, at the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2014 convention, and more. Mobius appeared as featured alumni on NPR’s “From the Top” Radio Program in May 2013, is regularly featured on WNYC’s New Sounds, and opened for the Kronos Quartet at Z Space in February 2014. The Trio regularly tours nationally and internationally, and their 15-16 season features tours through the American North- and Southeast, the UK, and mainland Europe.

Mobius Trio was formed in 2010 by guitarists Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They started things off with a bang, commissioning and learning five pieces within the span of a month, and performing many of those pieces at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center the following April. These first few pieces, written by Bay Area composers such as Sahba Aminikia, Anthony Porter, and Garrett Shatzer, marked the beginning of Mobius Trio’s ongoing contributions to the guitar trio repertoire. Matt, Rob, and Mason are all accomplished, competition-winning guitarists in their own right, and they all live and work in the Bay Area. When not rehearsing, the group enjoys homebrewing, BBQ, and nature documentaries.

(547 words. July 2015, Ariel Artists. Please discard previously dated materials and contact Reynard Hulme, rey@arielartists.com, before making any alterations or cuts.)

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    Danny Clay, A Place That Inhabits Us

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    Brendon Randall-Myers, Making Good Choices

    III. hanging on for dear life

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    Adrian Knight, Bon Voyage

    (live performance at CSU Long Beach, on electric guitars)

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    Samuel Carl Adams, Study for Mobius

    (live performance at CSU Long Beach, on electric guitars)

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    Dan Becker, Last Light

    (live performance at Old First Church in San Francisco)

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      • Extended Technique Workshop

        After Mobius Trio plays a concert, one of the most commonly-overheard phrases from audience members is, “I’ve never heard someone play the guitar like that,” or “I’ve never heard sounds like that coming out of a classical guitar.” And thoug...

      • Guitar Master Class

        The three members of Mobius Trio are an unusual breed in the guitar world: expert contemporary music players with years of chamber music experience. In this master class, student guitarists will perform solos or ensemble pieces for the members of Mobiu...

      • Lecture/Demonstrations

        Mobius Trio often holds lectures and workshops on a variety of topics, including writing for guitar, composer/performer relationships and the commission process, extended techniques, and their own unique repertoire and brand of chamber music. Ideas and...

      • Student Composer Workshop

        Working with composers is a favorite part of their musical process for the Mobius Trio, so they are very happy to share their years of commissioning, workshopping, and musical troubleshooting experience with student composers in front of an audience of...