Nothing to yawn at

So I was not one of the select few that got their act together to buy tickets to the Flogging Molly concert in time. And since raucous, rabble-rousing Irish punk wasn’t in the cards, I went a different tack; I got dressed up and took my mom out to see the Ahn Trio, just jaunt across the seldom-used Egan-PAC bridge.

The Ahn Trio is a classical piano trio (violin, cello, piano) comprised of three super hot sisters who are from Korea and studied at Julliard. Last weekend it was more accurately the Ahn duo—Azusa Hokugo was filling in for Lucia Ahn (the pianist).

The three women wore shiny, satiny dresses—sunny yellow, fuschia, sparkly black. They played an entirely contemporary program, much of which was specially commissioned for them.

The Ahn Trio is great if you are the kind of listener that enjoys some classical music, but find a lot of it dry or (if, it’s written in the last hundred years) clangy and weird.

As I was listening it occurred to me that, basically, if you stripped down the compositions they would be delightful in a children’s album, if you gussied them up with a full symphony orchestra they would be a movie soundtrack. In other words, it was contemporary music without the hard stuff—and if you’re someone who loves the weirdness, the clanginess, the discordant awesomeness of contemporary classical work, it might have been a bit bland for your taste.

Still, the Ahn Trio struck me as magnificent ambassadors for 20th century classical music, something that gets less exposure than probably the most obscure sub-genre of any other kind of music around (post melodic hard core, anyone?). The trio’s performance felt young and fresh and lively, with some fun bantering between the sisters on stage. The fact they are using their celebrity power (and in the world of classical music, that is what they are) to commission new works by classical composers is important—they could have just as easily stuck to the established repertoire.

What they presented was ear candy—the work “Concrete Stream” by Kenji Bunch, contains some of the most effervescent chord progressions known to mankind I think. If you like some classical music but don’t think you like the new stuff, Ahn Trio will more than likely change your mind.


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