The Secret Trio

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Village Voice

Some secrets just have to be shared, so call us loose-lipped when it comes to this talented trio. Ara Dinkjian (oud), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet) and Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun) fuse microtonal music, middle eastern rhythms and balkan beats in a delightful fusion that breaks out of the box

Timeout - New York

The Secret Trio is composed of three extraordinary musicians rooted in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music who came together to create a new type of chamber music. Not bound by a single tradition, they perform original pieces and traditional melodies that incorporate the microtonal modes and improvisation of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans, and elements of jazz, rock, and classical music. The trio features Tamer Pinarbasi, a leading kanun (zither) player and a member of the New York Gypsy All-Stars; Ismail Lumanovski, a master clarinetist born in Bitola, Macedonia, who was lauded in the New York Times as a “brilliant, fearless young clarinetist” and has launched a major career as a soloist and a chamber musician in both the classical and cross-over repertoires; and Ara Dinkjian, one of the world’s top oud players, who is best known as the founder of the highly influential and groundbreaking instrumental group Night Ark
Robert Browning Associates
They perform to satisfy their musical dreams, hence the name “Secret Trio,” but welcome those who agree with their vision. Thank goodness it is not secret anymore

Harold Hagopian