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

Hear us play!  We were recently featured on the radio show, Relevant Tones, broadcast through Chicago’s WFMT, and we now have recordings posted on our Music page.  Works range from Henze’s Carillon, Recitatif, and Masque that brought the ensemble together 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.