Time for Three arrived here in 2008, an unknown entity except for violinist Zach DePue, whom we already knew as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster. It didn't take long for a new audience — enthralled by the threesome’s charisma, chemistry and chutzpah? — to start flocking to their shows, particularly the Happy Hour nights when they were billed as headliner. DePue's shy, quiet approach was complemented by violinist Nick Kendall’s infectious energy and bassist Ranaan Meyer’s persuasive charm.
Now they’re as much a part of the city as Lady Victory. And they’re nationally identified not only in concert halls where they regularly are featured guest performers but also as partners, since 2011, with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center “to bring their message to schools across the country through residencies, workshops and the media.”
So it follows as a matter of good marketing for the TV side of WFYI to produce a pledge special that was broadcast Dec. 9 and 14. Time for Three: Live with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra featured DePue, Kendall and Meyer in the studio, chatting about their philosophy and approach to music that defies a traditional genre classification as they blend and bend their classical training into and around bluegrass, country and western, jazz and improvisation. Segments showed the trio playing with a range of groups, from the ISO to guest artists Joshua Radin, Lily and Madeleine and Tony Styxx.
“We also worked with Time for Three to produce a companion DVD called The Indy Collection,” explains Clayton Taylor, vice president, production. “It features the trio performing in several locations around town, including the roof of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, a converted church in Fountain Square called Grove Haus, Indy Reads Books, and our own studios." The song lineup includes Little Lion Man, UFO, Danny Boy, Firework and Hallelujah.
Banks of volunteers fielded calls as fans vied to snatch up the DVD, available only as a special pledge bonus. So if you missed the broadcasts, you’ll have to find a friend who pledged.
However, Tf3’s latest self-titled release, their debut on UMC with tracks co-produced by Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, is available for general purchase. The new album finds the trio collaborating with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and ukulelist Jake Shimabukura, among others.
“With such high-quality musicianship across all genres, the group has opened the doors for all types of patrons in the symphonic world,” comments ISO spokesperson Jessica DeSanto. “The group has performed on every series that the ISO offers — classical, pops, Happy Hour, Symphony on the Prairie, Yuletide Celebration — and Nick Kendall has appeared on our family series.”
Next up is Thursday's Happy Hour program presenting the ISO and Time for Three in a mashup of Beethoven’s Eroica and songs from the hit British group Coldplay. Tickets are presently sold out, but a limited number will be made available Thursday.