The Noble Fowl Trio – harp, guitar, and mandolin – is dedicated to commissioning and performing works for this diverse combination of instruments. _____________________________________________________________
Hear us play! Part of our repertoire is now posted on our ‘Music‘ page. Works range from Henze’s Carillon, Recitatif, and Masque that brought together the ensemble to commissions by emerging composers to arrangements of a little-known work by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Virgil Thomson, and Henry Cowell.
Why the name ‘Noble Fowl Trio’? Well, we were working with the idea of things that are plucked because of the nature of our own instruments and that brought us to poultry of all sorts. As we read about different birds, we found a passage about a ‘Columbian Fowl’ that is described as “a noble fowl, presenting the appearance of a cross between Spanish and Malay, but supposed to be a distinct breed.” We felt that the term noble was a healthy aspiration and that our breed of chamber music was distinct in its combination, so we took it on as our own.