The Secret Trio is an instrumental group consisting of three astonishing musicians Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun), and Ara Dinkjian (oud), each considered by many to be among the best in the world on their respective instruments. In 2010, these three busy New York-based musicians, came together to create a new type of chamber music, combining the elements of sound, texture, and rhythm with new and interesting approaches to their instruments. Not bound to a single tradition, they perform a collection of original pieces and traditional melodies that fuses the micro-tonal modes and improvisation of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans, and elements of jazz, rock, classical and world music. The delicate harmonies, rapid-fire synchrony and intricate counterpoint developed by a trio of musicians with separate roots in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roman music is extraordinary. By inventing new ways to play percussively on fundamentally melodic instruments, the ensemble, full of rhythm and drive, harmony and counterpoint, never sounds like only three instruments. Each is a composer, Ismail, Tamer, and Ara individually have extensive education in both eastern and western music and have performed throughout the world.
Music, one of humanity’s most precious gifts, has also united their cultural diversity (Ara is Armenian, Tamer is Turkish, and Ismail is Macedonian). For them, making music was the easy part. The hard part was finding a name for the group. They finally settled on The Secret Trio, because this was music that the musicians played just for themselves. Now, they are letting you in on the secret.