Presenting an evening of classical music with guitarist Matt Grasso with Trio Seven and cellist Dan Barker.

Date: 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:30pm

The February 7th Thursday Live! show is going to be classic. We’re presenting an evening of classical music featuring guitarist Matt Grasso with Trio Seven and cellist Dan Barker.

Thursday Live! is a continuing series of concerts held the first Thursday of each month at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall located at 415 Second Street. All shows are free and open to all ages. The shows start at 7:30.

Now in its third year, Trio Seven is an all extended 7-string ensemble that covers a range of styles, from baroque to romantic to impressionistic to modern.

Trio Seven will perform works by Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Stravinsky, Satie, Bach, Brahms, Bizet, and Grasso, as well as famous movie themes from the 30s to present day. In addition to classical masterworks, they also incorporate improvisation works.

San Francisco eleven-string guitarist Jon Mendle has praised the ensemble, saying, "Trio Seven plays refreshingly innovative arrangements and compositions with great energy and sensitive musicianship. They honor the guitar, yet successfully push it beyond its usual limits."

Trio Seven was founded in 2010 when Davis guitarist and composer Matthew Grasso inaugurated a new ensemble aesthetic with his composition 7th Creation. A unique collaboration featuring three extended 7-string guitars, Trio Seven seeks to expand the repertory of the instrument through transcription and original works. Its current members are Matthew Grasso, Matthew Foley, and Harry Stoddard. For up-to-date information regarding bookings, visit www.trioseven.com.

Dan Barker, a native of Ohio, began to study cello at age 9. His primary teachers have been Linda Unkefer (Milwaukee Symphony), DonWhite (Cleveland Orchestra), David Chickering (Chicago Symphony), Crispin Campbell and Andor Toth.

He has attended festivals such as the Indiana String Academy with Richard Aaron and Nancy Snustad, the Weathersfield Music Festival with Roland and Almida Vamos, and also has participated in Improvisational and Non-Classical workshops such as Music for People with David Darling and the New Direction Festival with Tim White.

Dan has had a private cello studio for over ten years and has been teaching in Davis for the past five. Although he doesn’t abide strictly by any one teaching method, he has had teacher training in the Orff and Suzuki methods and draws from these along with others in order to best suit each student.

All donations collected from our shows go directly to the musicians.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming shows please contact Juelie Roggli at (530) 219-5444 or juelrog@gmail.com .

This series of concerts is supported by The Odd Fellows Music and Concert Committee and KDRT.