A nice piece in today’s Newburyport Current on Ensemble Epomeo and our upcoming concert at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.
It’s never easy getting face time with David Yang.
The artistic director of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival since its inception seven years ago, Yang is also an in-demand performer, the leader of the storytelling and music troupe Auricolae, director of chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania and member of Poor Richard’s String Quartet.
But this is the start of an especially busy season for Yang. He’s on a plane with a laptop, dashing off a response to questions about Trio Epomeo, which will perform June 6 in Newburyport. He’s en route to Rome via Frankfurt, then off to the beautiful isolation of Ischia, home to the Festivale d’alla Musica da Camera d’Ischia in Italy, a weeklong chamber music festival and intensive workshop where he has been a resident coach and performer for years.
It’s also the place where he met first violinist Byron Wallis, concertmaster of the Orchestre de Chambre Français Albéric Magnard in Paris, and cellist Kenneth Woods, founder of the Taliesin Trio and the Masala String Quartet — making it the birthplace of Trio Epomeo. The name comes from the non-active volcano that dominates the landscape of the small, sun-drenched island in the Bay of Naples.
The Newburyport performance, presented by the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, takes place June 6, at the historic Carriage House, once an outbuilding of the Lord Timothy Dexter Home that Julia Farwell Clay and Walter Clay have transformed into a listening room and, on occasion, performance space. A reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and wine will follow the performance, and members of the audience will have the opportunity to speak with the musicians.