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Poulenc Trio revisiting Yuba City
Chamber group will play finale for Tri-County Concert's season
TIME: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Highway, Yuba City.
TICKETS: $20-$35, available at the door.
Poulenc Trio bassoonist Bryan Young is on the phone from Baltimore, driving from a business meeting to a rehearsal in advance of performances in California.
"It's a really unique sound. I think when people think of a trio, they think of a classical thing or jazz set," Young said during Thursday's interview. "A wind trio, we have a really good blend of both. It has a nice, refined classical sound ... it can get a really jazzy character, too."
The Poulenc Trio — made up of pianist Irina Kaplan, oboist Vladimir Lande and Young — and has performed in Yuba City before, and the group's representative said it was a popular and successful concert. The trio brings its 10th anniversary season to the First United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Monday, courtesy of the Tri-County Concert Association.
There's a wide variety of genres in the trio's repertoire — including baroque, Russian, Latin, French, American and "music of the future." The trio premiered a new piece this year by Octavio Vazquez, a contemporary composer whose works are dynamic and fresh.
"People get scared of new, modern music. It's really fun, easy to listen to," Young said.
At 11 years old, he began playing the instrument while in a youth program in Washington, DC, the city he grew up in. Young started on violin, then switched to bassoon.
"I fell in love with the bassoon very early, and I knew as a high school student that I really wanted to be a musician," Young said.
Young said he loves instruments, is a pianist and is now learning how to play guitar. The bassoon weighs about 12 pounds and has 26 keys; Young sits on a strap when performing to help support the instrument's weight.
In 1999, he founded the software company Intertwine Systems. Young said he started in business right after music school — he received a master's degree in music from Yale in 1998.
"We live in an age where computers and things are very mobile, so I usually travel with my laptop, my phone and my tablet, and people know how to get me," Young said.
As for traveling, Young said one of the challenges with oboe and bassoon is that the reeds they use are very susceptible to changes in weather, altitude and pressure.