As part of the Inside The Whale concert series, viola/harp/flute trio janus will join forces with new music supergroup Big Farm for a special performance at Public Assembly next Saturday, April 7th at 8:00pm. Big Farm, which features composer Steven Mackey on electric guitar, Pulitzer Prize finalist Rinde Eckert on vocals, Jason Treuting of So Percussion on drums, and Mark Haanstra on bass, has not performed in New York since performing with janus in 2010. More information can be found here.
Brooklyn based janus was formed in 2002 with the goal of presenting and creating new repertoire for the trio through commissioning projects and works-in-process collaborations. Named after Janus, the Roman god whose double-faced image peers into the past and future, the trio maintains the established tradition for the instrumentation while breaking new ground into unexplored sonic frontiers. To date, janus has added over twenty new pieces to the trio library through individual submissions and collaborative projects with universities. Among the composers who have written for janus are Caleb Burhans, Anna Clyne, Andrew McKenna-Lee, Angelica Negron, Jason Treuting, Dan Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko and Barbara White.