_“Superb ensemble…Earthtones Trio really are excellent” Alexander Armstrong, Classic FM “..a suitably uplifting counter-blast to these dismal times..” The Scotsman "Stevenson's classy arrangements elicit irrepressible charm with never a cliched moment". Ken Walton, Vox Carny_ About the repertoire Blending elements of classical, jazz, folk and the Scottish hymnal tradition, Earthtones Trio’s music contains uplifting melodies, flowing accompaniments, infectious rhythms and a mixture of ancient and modern harmonies. The original material by pianist Euan Stevenson is accessible and melodic, marrying classical, jazz, folk and cinematic influences as borne out by the recent Classic Music Live! Falkirk (CMLF) and Chamber Music Scotland co-commission: Sound Tracks. In addition, the players perform unique arrangements of festive music (as championed by Classic FM) as well as light-hearted solo and duo interpretations of well known classical and jazz themes by composers such as Bach, Satie, Debussy, Ellington, Gershwin, Mozart and Liszt. About Earthtones Trio Alongside composer/arranger Euan Stevenson on piano, Earthtones Trio features internationally acclaimed Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) principal members, flautist Katherine Bryan and cellist Betsy Taylor. Harnessing the charisma of these outstanding soloists, (Bryan was voted one of the top 6 flute players in the world by BBC Music Magazine) Stevenson draws upon his background in classical, jazz and film to write melodic original compositions interspersed with novel arrangements of familiar melodies that are perfect fare for an enjoyable and richly rewarding concert experience. Co-Commissioned by CMS and Classic Music Live Falkirk, in April 2022 Earthtones Trio premiered a suite of 9 original compositions by Stevenson entitled Sound Tracks, a musical celebration of the history and rebirth of Falkirk and the Central belt in the form of a musical love letter to the composer’s home town. Stevenson describes the music as “cinematic and autobiographical in the sense that it is a sound track to accompany my own memories of the people and places that shaped my childhood but it is also a celebration of both the rich history and the fascinating recent cultural landmarks of this remarkable area”. Betsy Taylor is Associate Principal Cello at the RSNO and has performed with all of the major U.K orchestras as well as recording with popular artists Nigel Kennedy, Gary Barlow, John Barry, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins. In addition to appearing as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras throughout the U.K and worldwide, Katherine Bryan is Principal Flute with the RSNO, a position which she has held since the age of 21. She has performed live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television and is recognised as one of the world’s leading classical flautists of her generation. Euan Stevenson has performed throughout the UK, Europe and America in jazz and classical contexts. His compositions and performances have been broadcast across BBC Radio, Classic FM and Jazz FM and performed by leading ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and The English Chamber Orchestra. In 2015 he was one of three UK composers nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Composition. He has performed with some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians including Dave Newton, Jim Mullen, Anita Wardell and Tina May.
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