Wednesday, January 13, 5:00 PM ET

Pala Garcia – violin
John Popham – cello
Renate Rohlfing – piano

Anna Lysack, Summerell Arts
annalysack@summerellarts.com, 910-612-7301


Julius Eastman Buddha (1984)

Anthony Cheung Flyway Detour (2006, rev. 2017)

L. v. Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3 in c minor; II. Andante cantabile con variazioni

Reiko Füting free – whereof – wherefore / Komposition (nach Ludwig van Beethoven) für Klaviertrio (2020)

Pauline Oliveros Tree/Peace (1984)

James Diaz In Her Dream Song (2018)


Longleash is an ensemble with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. The “expert young trio” ( Strad Magazine) takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a Cold War era CIA operation that promoted American avant-garde artists in Europe. “Fearlessly accomplished” (Arts Desk UK), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence and new music advocacy.

Recent and upcoming engagements include Five Boroughs Music Festival (NYC), Electric Earth Concerts (New Hampshire), Princeton Sound Kitchen (New Jersey), (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (Chicago), Bowerbird (Philadelphia), Ecstatic Music Festival (NYC), National Sawdust (Brooklyn), and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY). Appearances abroad include Jeunesse (Vienna), Átlátszó Hang (Budapest), FUAIM Music (Cork, Ireland), Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Echoraum (Vienna), and Open Music (Graz, Austria).

Beyond its performance work, Longleash is in the process of completing, in 2020-2021, an ongoing film project (supported with funding from Music Academy of the West) in collaboration with filmmakers Pascal Perich, Caroline Mariko Stucky, and Hinda Weiss, documenting works by Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Cheung, and Charles Ives. A second consecutive grant awarded by Music Academy of the West supports the creation of States of Listening, a podcast dedicated to exploring deeper connectivity through listening practices. This podcast, produced by Longleash, will celebrate its launch in March 2021. A set of new commissions from Lu Wang, Anthony Vine, and Johan Svensson explore new trio instrumentations featuring alternative keyboard instruments such as harmonium, MIDI keyboard and electromechanical keyboard. Recent and upcoming commissions include new piano trios by Katherine Balch and Reiko Fueting. The recipient of grants from New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Music Academy of the West, and Chamber Music America, Longleash has premiered over 30 works, and received critical acclaim for their “tight playing,” “lucid interpretations,” and “inspired” premiere recordings (Tempo).

Longleash has given workshops at University College Cork, Royal Irish Academy of Music, The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College, New York University, The Graduate Center (CUNY), University of Louisville, and Ohio University. In 2015, Longleash founded The Loretto Project (Kentucky), an annual new music series and tuition-free composition workshop that supports promising collegiate composers while presenting socially-minded programs and celebrating diverse cultural perspectives. Longleash’s debut album, Passage, earned the ensemble recognition as Sequenza 21’s Best New Recording Artist of 2017; their work was also featured on the album Soft Aberration, named a Notable Recording of 2017 by The New Yorker