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"Tre Corda brings together an awesome array of talent, performance wisdom and stylistic variations, from classical to pop and jazz. They are world ambassadors."
- Somerville Journal

Tre Corda CD Release show for Squeaky Toy

Featuring: Tim Ray, piano
Greg Hopkins, trumpet & flugelhorn
Eugene Friesen, cello

Tim Ray and Tre Corda are happy to present their latest recording "Squeaky Toy" with a special CD release event at the RegattaBar in Cambridge, MA on April 10th, 2013. This concert will feature many of the new tunes found on the disc, including Tim's new sonic journeys "Once Around the Block", "Nudgy" and of course "Squeaky Toy"; Eugene Friesen's sultry and grooving "ShadowPlay"; and Greg Hopkins' 3 movement opus "Sonata for Trumpet, Cello and Piano". And don't miss their arrangement and improvisations on three of Bela Bartok's "Improvisations for Piano". We hope to see you there!

Whether reinventing jazz standards, breathing fresh life into classical repertoire, or premiering their own original works, Tre Corda generates a compelling sound all its own. Their works blend composition and improvisation in new and unexpected ways, using the musical vocabulary of classical composers like Bartok and Stravinsky, as well as songs and ideas from the worlds of jazz and popular musics. Cellist Eugene Friesen’s dynamic rhythms and incredible array of bowing and plucking techniques, trumpeter Greg Hopkins’s virtuosic leaps and outrageous genre-bending phrases, and pianist Tim Ray’s lyric melodicism and two-fisted pyrotechnics - these are just a few of the ways Tre Corda concerts have satisfied and delighted audiences with both jazz and classical expectations. The Boston Globe called this new group “inventive, spirited, humorous...“, and Downbeat Magazine's Fred Bouchard raved about their self-titled debut CD, giving it 3 1/2 stars.

Tim Ray – piano
Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid. Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. (

Eugene Friesen - cello
A graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a concert artist, composer, conductor and teacher. In 1995, 2005 and 2006 Eugene won Grammy Awards for musical contributions to three Paul Winter Consort albums, “Spanish Angel,” “Silver Solstice,” and "Crestone." He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater. Recording credits include six albums of original music: “New Friend”, “Arms Around You”, “The Song of Rivers”, “In the Shade of Angels”, “Sono Miho” and “Colorful Transitions”. Eugene is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. (

Greg Hopkins - trumpet
Performer, composer, and arranger Greg Hopkins first picked up the trumpet as a boy in Detroit, and to this day it would be hard to spot him without his horn. That symbiosis of man and musical instrument is evident throughout Greg’s career, which began in 1965 freelancing in the Detroit area for such acts as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Gladys Knight. Greg made a name for himself recording and touring for several years as soloist and arranger for the Buddy Rich Orchestra (he was called “a real find” by the London Times in 1974), but he has also performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. A Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music, Greg has developed and teaches several courses in composition and also directs the prestigious Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra. (

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