"From Russia, England and Japan they came to make a classy sounding, swinging trip through the world of international music - from Tango to Django - they got it covered!"
- Midwest Record
INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO
Featuring: Slava Tolstoy - Guitar
Ben Powell - Violin
Ippei Ichimaru - Bass
Olli Soikkeli - Guitar
Jakub Trasak - Violin
Join the International String Trio (bass, guitar and violin) for their long anticipated performance at the renown Regattabar Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA on April 8 ay 7.30pm. This unique show will feature two special guests – Gypsy Jazz guitar virtuoso Olli Soikkeli and fiddler extraordinary Jakub Trasak. International String Trio is a group of exceptionally talented musicians, who hail from three different corners of the world (Russian guitarist / British violinist / Japanese bassist) but share a rigorous training experience at Berklee College of Music. The trio spans jazz, world, and classical sounds with an easy-going finesse that gives even simple pop melodies great depth and lyricism. Founded by Russian-born guitarist and arranger Slava Tolstoy, with Japanese upright bassist Ippei Ichimaru and English violinist Ben Powell, the trio has quickly won over audiences with its tight, energetic interpretations of everything from favorite folk melodies to Django Reinhardt numbers to classical string pieces by revered composers. This elegant versatility resounds on their latest CD - Movie Night, which leaps nimbly from Shostakovich to the merry theme from Forrest Gump to a haunting melody from Ken Burns’ Civil War (Ashokan Farewell). It finds new musical tales in old chestnuts—including an elegant gypsy jazz take on “Singin’ in the Rain”—and shows how a group of skilled musicians can uncover the unexpected, lush beauty in familiar tunes.
During the show Int’l String Trio will take the audience on an exciting trip through cultures and continents – all in one energetic performance (from Appalachian Folk to Gypsy Jazz, from Russian to Israeli tunes, from Tangos to Irish Jigs and a few things in between). The easiest way to learn about the project is by watching these HD videos which gained significant recognition on youtube: