A new collaborative piano trio project played its first public performances this week! Minerva Trio features Carlo Costa on drums and Pascal Niggenkemper on bass. We've been playing together informally for a while, doing lots of improvising and having a great time. At the shows we played compositions by each of us, and improvised a few pieces.
Minerva was a Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, magic, and was also the inventor of music. Not too shabby! She is often depicted with an owl, a symbol of wisdom.
The first show was at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, a great venue dedicated to experimental music. A wonderful trio called Yugonaut played after us.
Then last night we played at the 5C Cafe and Cultural Center in the East Village. What a great spot! It was a very cozy environment to play in while Manhattan was being buried under endless torrents of snow.
Here is a very short video excerpt from the 5C Cafe. (Thanks, Devin!)