Warp Trio: “Black Voices”

Warp trio stand smiling in a line against a dark background: 3 men look at each other: from left to right: Josh with white glasses and a blue shirt with a black vests faces JY on the far right, in the middle Mikael wears no glasses and a collared shirt with a blazer facing JY, on the right JY wears a sweater and collared shirt with red sunglasses.
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Warp Trio

LiKWUiD, spoken word
Josh Henderson, violin, bass, guitar 
Ju-Young “J.Y.” Lee, cello
Mikael Darmanie, piano
Rick Martinez, drums

Black Voices is an original concert program that integrates classical, jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word—sounds and poetry created by African-American artists—in an effort to lift up lesser-known contributions that define the multifaceted culture of the United States. Featuring the award-winning artist LiKWuiD, the program utilizes poetry of Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and Maya Angelou. It also features original spoken word material, set against music by Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, Harry Burleigh, and original compositions by Warp Trio members. 


Harry Burleigh: Southland Sketch No. 1

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin

Abel Meeropol / Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit

Thelonious Monk: Ruby My Dear

Duke Ellington: Black and Tan Fantasy

About the Band

Described as “a talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music” (Columbia Free Times), Warp Trio is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard-trained members juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one-of-a-kind trio (that even has a fourth member!) can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops with students from grade school through university level.  

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Warp has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, in addition to tours throughout The United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, and the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, being featured guests at the 2020 MASA Jazz Festival in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the sold-out world premiere of their Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra with the New York City-based Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. They have been one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and in the 2020 season, they were the recipients of the Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward and Classical Commissioning grants.

Individually, the members of Warp Trio hold degrees in performance from the Juilliard School, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and New York University. The beneficiaries of an incredibly diverse range of education, among the ensemble, they have received chamber music training from members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson, and La Salle Quartets as well as jazz instruction from figures such as Ray Anderson, Tony Moreno, Dave Pietro, and Mike Richmond.

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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