Time For Three (TF3) is a classically-trained genre-crossing string trio comprising violinist Nick Kendall, double-bassist Ranaan Meyer, and VC Artist violinist Charles Yang. All three share vocals in their performances, the latter being the lead vocalist.
Their latest album titled “Letters for the Future” features world premiere recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s 2007 Concerto 4-3 and Kevin Puts’s newly written Contact — both recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Xian Zhang.
Commissioned for TF3 by a group of orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Put’s Contact was inspired by the unknown. “The word ‘contact’ has gained new resonance during these years of isolation,” Puts expressed in the press release.
“It is my hope that this concerto might be heard as an expression of yearning for this fundamental human need,” Puts said. “I am deeply grateful to TF3 for their belief in my work and for the tireless collaborative spirit which allowed us to develop this showcase for their immense talents.”
Higdon’s Concerto 4–3 was commissioned for TF3 by the Philadelphia Orchestra (who gave its 2008 premiere), Pittsburgh Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony. TF3 has performed the work since with dozens of other orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop in Carnegie Hall.
“At the time that Higdon was commissioned for this project by a stellar orchestral consortium, we had been experimenting with various musical languages that were outside the realm of traditionally classical canonical narratives, including Americana folk traditions,” TF3 explained in the press release.
“As more and more of the elements of that language began seeping into our musical style, we looked to weave bluegrass into the fabric of a classical concerto. Higdon’s own upbringing in Tennessee and her understanding of the musical traditions of the region truly brought this idea to reality.”
“[This album] is our collective way of journaling what is happening in music now, and sending it forth into the universe for the future,” TF3 wrote on Facebook. “It’s definitely daunting how one moment like this, the big reveal, represents literally hundreds of elements coming together in perfect sync.”
“Bringing this record into the world right now is humbling, purposeful, and incredibly exciting all at once, and we hope it will mean as much to you as it does to us,” TF3 added.
To listen to and purchase the album, click here.