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Becca Stevens and The Secret Trio Releases New Self-Titled Album
(New York, NY) - Adventurous musical nomad Becca Stevens, who received a Grammy Award nomination for her song "Slow Burn" earlier this year, announces a new collaborative self-titled project with The Secret Trio. "Becca Stevens & The Secret Trio" will be released on September 17, 2021 via GroundUp Music, home to instrumental Pop collective Snarky Puppy. The colorful and poetic single "The Eye" leads.

This incredible new meeting of the minds beams with authenticity and a sense that somehow these artists were aligned in another life. Together their prowess takes the level of creativity to an all-time high, and explores new avenues for the future of music, seamlessly blending the new with the old, while shedding a fresh, much needed light on a lyrical history that was almost forgotten.

Grammy Award nominated, Brooklyn-based and North Carolina-bred Becca Stevens has established an outstanding career for herself, blending and effortless vocal talent with exquisite compositions that draw inspiration from pop, jazz, indie-rock and traditional Appalachian folk music. Her most recent album, "Wonderbloom"(GroundUP). The track "Slow Burn" from "Wonferbloom" was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals" in 2020.

Along with her solo output, Becca is a highly-respected collaborator who has worked with the likes of David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Attacca Quartet, Laura Mvula, José James, Cory Wong, Vince Mendoza and Timo Andres. Her music refuses to be labeled and continues to defy the notion of what a singer-songwriter should be. Instead, she dictates to the rest of the world what we should (and should not) expect from artistry such as hers.

The Secret Trio is made up of three astounding musicians, Ara Dinkjian (oud, a fretless lute), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet) and Tamer Pınarbaşı (kanun, a 76-string zither), who 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. They perform original pieces and traditional melodies that fuse the microtonal 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 Armenian, Turkish, and Macedonian Roma music are 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. Soundscapes, their first CD, was released in 2012. Their second CD, titled Three Of Us, was released in 2015 and includes special guests Sezen Aksu and Erkan Oğur. The Secret Trio has performed in eight countries, in prestigious venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center (NYC), Symphony Space (NYC), GroundUp Festival (Miami), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington D.C.), Cemal Reşit Rey Theatre (Istanbul), Odeon Theatre (Amman, Jordan), Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens, Greece), and they appeared with a full symphony orchestra at the Sparda Classic Night in Wurzburg, Germany.

(Source: GroupUp Music)



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