The Noble Fowl Trio – harp, guitar, and mandolin – is dedicated to commissioning and performing works for this diverse combination of instruments.

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Come to our upcoming installation and performance at [co][lab]!

October 18th
6-9pm Make/Perform/Show
9-9:30pm Little Concert

206 W. Main St.
Urbana, IL

We are presenting an installation in downtown Urbana that puts performances in the context of visual art, allowing the audience to walk around and experience works in relationship to each other.   Alongside choreographers Laura Chiaramonte, Shannon Stewart, Hadley Smith; musicians  Whitney Ashe, Melody Chua, Jing Chen, and visual artist Jess-Kiel Wornson, we will play Nomi Epstein’s work Mandolin, Guitar, Harp at intervals throughout the 3-hour installation.

At 9pm, there will be a short, spirited concert by our Trio of works by Lainie Fefferman, Hans Werner Henze, and the Exquisite Corpse game pieces of John Cage, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Virgil Thomson, and Frank Wigglesworth.  And then enjoy lovely libations with wonderful people – should be a good time!

Free and open to the public
Supported in part by an Urbana Arts Grant


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.