The Secret Trio is an instrumental group consisting of 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 New York-based musicians, each busy with numerous projects, felt the desire to play music which would satisfy their own creative and emotional needs. They began to meet at Dinkjian’s home where they developed a group philosophy and sound.
This philosophy begins with a mutual respect and admiration. Ismail, Tamer, and Ara individually have extensive education in both eastern and western music and have performed throughout the world. Each is a composer. Music, one of humanity’s most precious gifts, has united their cultural diversity (Ara is Armenian, Tamer is Turkish, and Ismail is Macedonian).
Making music was the easy part. The hard part was finding a name for the group. They 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.