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In Studio A with Triad

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The musicians of Triad. L to R: Nancy Stagnitta, Matthew Cochran, Crispin Campbell

This Sunday, IPR Live is presenting the ensemble Triad at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.

Triad's members are flutist Nancy Stagnitta, cellist Crispin Campbell and guitarist Matthew Cochran.

The three members of Triad visited IPR's Studio A to give a preview of this weekend's concert. These three Interlochen musicians will present an innovative program of music by Astor Piazzolla, Jacques Ibert, Ralph Towner, and more.

They first came together in 2019 to perform at the dedication of Interlochen Center for the Arts' new Music Center. "We had such a wonderful time that we knew we wanted to stay together," Stagnitta explained.

Amanda Sewell
The musicians of Triad (flutist Nancy Stagnitta, guitarist Matthew Cochran, and cellist Crispin Campbell) record in IPR's Studio A

Because Triad's instrumentation is unusual, they have a lot of fun finding music to play.

In the trio sonata that Johann Sebastian Bach originally composed for the organ, Cochran transcribed the piece for their trio. An organist would play the piece using their hands and feet, so in this transcription, Cochran explains, "each of us basically took a body part."

They not only play notated music but they also do a lot of improvisation.

"Although we are all classically schooled musicians," Campbell says, "we all love to improvise. There's such an 'alive' feeling. It's such a blast to be able to play something with an improvised jazz feel."

Here Triad perform in person at 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Hearth and Vine Café Patio at Black Star Farms.

Repertoire performed in Studio A
Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio sonata BWV 530 (transcr. Matthew Cochran)
Jacques Ibert, Interlude (transcr. Jack Bert)
Biréli Lagrène, Made in France

Stefan Wiebe engineered this edition of Studio A.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.