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TEDWomen 2010

Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

December 8, 2010

The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Ahn Trio - Piano trio
With cello, piano and violin, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella Ahn are constantly redefining the art and architecture of chamber music. Full bio

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(Applause)
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(Music)
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(Applause)
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Angella Ahn: Thank you.
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(Applause)
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Thank you so much.
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We are so honored to be here at TEDWomen,
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sharing our music with you.
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What an exciting and inspiring event.
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What you just heard is "Skylife" by David Balakrishnan.
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We want to play you one more selection.
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It's by Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine composer.
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And we talk about different ideas --
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he had this idea
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that he thought music should be from the heart.
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This was in the middle of the 20th century
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when music from the heart, beautiful music,
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wasn't the most popular thing in the classical music world.
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It was more atonal and twelve-tone.
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And he insisted on beautiful music.
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So this is "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla.
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Thank you.
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(Music)
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(Applause)
08:59

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Ahn Trio - Piano trio
With cello, piano and violin, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella Ahn are constantly redefining the art and architecture of chamber music.

Why you should listen

Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Juilliard, cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, and violinist Angella Ahn are breathing new life into the standard piano-trio literature. They’ve commissioned works from visionary composers such as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Pat Metheny, Paul Schoenfield, Mark O’Connor, Kenji Bunch, Nikolai Kapustin and Paul Chihara. The trio’s latest CD is Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, a showcase of this vibrant and original music. The trio has been touring for a decade, and have made six albums so far, five for major labels; for Lullaby, the trio formed their own production company, L.A.M.P. (Lucia Angella Maria Productions) to self-produce.

The Ahn Trio has fused their work with that of dancers, pop singers, DJs, painters, installation artists, photographers, lighting designers, ecologists and even kite makers; recently, they performed in the Czech Republic with rock group the Tata Bojs to sold-out shows.

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