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"Just like our New England weather, if you wait a minute the International String Trio will change it up. This local eclectic acoustic ensemble handles styles ranging from gipsy jazz to Appalachian folk, classical arrangements, and songs from movie soundtracks."
- The Boston Globe

International String Trio

Featuring: Slava Tolstoy - Guitar, Musical Director
Jakub Trasak - Violin
Max Ridley - bass

Special Guests:
Charles Overton - Jazz Harp
Marina Vinogradova - Vocals

True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen styles from far-flung lands.

Featuring Russian-born guitarist Slava Tolstoy, Czech violinist Jakub Trasak and American acoustic bassist Max Ridley, the IST's players embody its cosmopolitan aesthetic. The trio's riveting performances encompass a breathtaking range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian laments, traditional Irish reels, celebratory klezmer, passionate tango, graceful French musette, and burning bluegrass. While steeped in jazz, they play intricately arranged music that leaves room for improvisation without focusing on it.

The trio will be joined by some very special guest performers - Charles Overton - one of a kind jazz and classical harpist who frequently performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Marina Vinogradova - a virtuoso jazz and world music vocalist who will sing some hot gypsy standards and Russian folk tunes on this show.

Trio's recent performance highlights include a highly successful Northwest Tour, 3 appearances on the popular NPR show "Says You," performances at the Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Festival in Crested Butte, CO; Djangovegas Festival in Las Vegas, NV; Jazz on the Plazz Festival in Los Gatos, CA; Yoshi's San Francisco, San Jose Winter Jazz festival, Regattabar and Scullers Jazz Clubs in Boston, MA.

Slava Tolstoy - Guitar, Musical Director Slava's background includes studies of composition and guitar performance at St. Petersburg Jazz Conservatory, Russia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, where he was a scholarship student. He founded the International String Trio in 1999 and developed a unique performance concept for the ensemble. Slava plays guitar in the group as well as does band leading and arranging. In addition to being an accomplished performer Mr. Tolstoy is also a songwriter and producer with several credits under his belt.

Jakub Trasak - Violin
Jakub began playing the violin at the age of 3 and before his fifteenth birthday, he recorded three solo CD's, performed hundreds of concerts, and appeared on television in the Czech republic, Slovakia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In 2007, Trasak won a scholarship to Berklee where he studied with Alain Mallet, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, and, Walter Beasley. In December 2009, Trasak won a competition to perform Mark O'Connor's Double violin concerto alongside O'Connor himself during the launch of Boston's American Roots Music Program.

Max Ridley - bass
Max is a Boston-based musician, composer and bass teacher. He has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with renown jazz musicians, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone and Perico Sambeat. He has played in venues such as the Regatta Bar, Sculler's Jazz Club, the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, the Umbria Jazz Festival, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Charles Overton - Jazz Harp
Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist and performer of classical, jazz and world music. Over the course of his musical career, Charles has played at several music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Castleton Festival where he has performed under the batons of conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Jun Markl, Stefan Asbury, and the late Lorin Maazel. Additionally he has performed with various ensembles in some of the world's greatest concert halls including Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston's Symphony Hall and the KKL Luzern Concert Hall.

Marina Vinogradova - Vocals
Marina is at home performing music in a wide range of styles - from jazz standards, to groovy funk and gospel tunes, from Jewish folk songs to Russian romances, as well as classic French Chanson. Marina attended Moscow College of Improvised Music and quickly became one of the most sought after vocal coaches in Russia before relocating to to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music. She toured as a lead and back vocalist across all Russia (Moscow, Saratov, Yaroslavl, Samara, Saint Petersburg) as well as internationally (France, Italy and Israel). Marina also enjoyed sharing her talent on some of the most prestigious world stages such as: Moscow "Usad'ba Jazz" Festival, Django Reinhardt Festival, Yaroslavl Jazz Festival.

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