International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureate Series; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center; March 11.
The only thing that stopped me from jumping up on stage and attempting to jam with this group was my sense of decency and propriety. From their own jazz/gypsy/Americana/improv-inspired compositions to their funkified renditions of Bach and Brahms, this musical trinity (comprised of two violins and double bass) seemed at home with everything they played. The energy and electricity of their performance was powerfully communicated to the audience, many of whom (including me) were bobbing their heads throughout the show. Violinists Zach DePue and Nick Kendall showed themselves as charismatic and engaging musicians whether they were chuggin’ away at double stops (two notes played at a time) or wailin’ in the upper register of their instruments. Double bassist Ranaan Meyer let everyone know that he was not there simply to provide a beat. He too showed himself a dynamic musician, both maneuvering with ease over almost every inch of the bass, and also as a composer/arranger of many of their selections. With their abundance of talent, imagination, innovation and ability to rock out like it’s nobody’s business, this trio should be winning Grammys.