The Sixth Floor Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that connects different musical styles, communities, and artistic disciplines. Formed by graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has performed extensively throughout the United States in venues ranging from traditional concert halls to grunge bars and experimental spaces.
The Trio’s debut performance took place in August 2009, when the group opened for (and collaborated with) Marvin Hamlisch in Western North Carolina. Following this very successful beginning, the Trio performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center in 2010 (with two return engagements in 2011 and 2012), the Kravis Center (Palm Beach) in 2011, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the FUZE! Series at the Akron Art Museum, the Living Room in New York City, and numerous other locations during the Trio’s annual Summer, Fall and Winter residencies.
In addition to presenting performances, the Sixth Floor Trio has created and directed several exciting projects inspired by the Trio’s mission to bring music to the widest audiences and to connect with artists from many different genres. The Trio received a substantial grant in 2011 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” across the United States. These “Random Acts” led the Trio to collaborate with organizations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stanford University, the Akron Public Library, Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, Greyhound, and the Ferry Terminal Marketplace in San Francisco in addition to showcasing the Trio at numerous malls, markets, transit centers, and airports around the country.
The Trio also serves as Artistic Directors of GardenMusic, the music festival of the renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. The inaugural season of GardenMusic took place in the spring of 2012, and included a week of both casual and evening performances, educational presentations reaching numerous local schools, Random Acts of Culture, and collaborations with some of Miami’s most exciting artists in many genres. The Trio’s programming for the first season ranged from Medieval to Classical to world premieres, dance commissions, video installations, and theater works. GardenMusic continues (and will expand) in spring 2013; more information will be announced soon.
One of the Trio’s other major projects is a film series called “Music Of The People”. Sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the video project explores folk music from around the world by following the Sixth Floor Trio as they try to learn new musical styles and understand the folk-culture of different regions. Each episode ends in a friendly “challenge” of a local folk group to test the Trio’s ability to absorb new types of music. The pilot episode featured Bluegrass from the High Country of North Carolina.
Educational and community engagement work has also been a very significant part of the Sixth Floor Trio’s activities. The group has presented numerous concerts for Astral Artist’s community programs, has performed at (and worked with) schools around the country, and worked with the music education program Play On Philly! in Philadelphia.
The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places all musical traditions from around the world and across time on one continuum as part of the same great musical language, and the Trio’s mission is to make connections between these varied musical styles in its repertoire. From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Classical to Jazz, Ancient Music to Contemporary Rock – the group explores it all and bring the music’s energy to the world. In addition, the Trio strives to share its artistic passion and music-making with diverse audiences everywhere, from traditional concertgoers to those with acute needs or in remote places.