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Time for Three, the world's first classically-trained garage band, defies traditional classification.  Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500.  Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video "Stronger," featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe. Comprised of Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass, the trio played together for fun while students at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Zach and Nick discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3, evolving into a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. The ensemble gained instant attention in July 2003, during a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts. While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Ranaan and Zach, who were both performing as members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, obliged with

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Time for Three, the world's first classically-trained garage band, defies traditional classification.  Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500.  Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video "Stronger," featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe.

Comprised of Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass, the trio played together for fun while students at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Zach and Nick discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3, evolving into a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries.

The ensemble gained instant attention in July 2003, during a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts. While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Ranaan and Zach, who were both performing as members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, obliged with an impromptu jam session that included works as far afield from the originally scheduled symphony as "Jerusalem's Ridge," "Ragtime Annie," and "The Orange Blossom Special." The crowd went wild, and as they say, "the rest is history."

To date, the group has performed over a thousand engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra's subscription series to Club Yoshi's in San Francisco; from residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach's birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany; from sports events to countless private and corporate engagements including a concert on the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York in 2012.  Tf3's packed 2013/13 season includes a free Labor Day concert with the National Symphony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, as well as solo and concerto appearances in cites across the United States, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Tallahassee, and Philadelphia. The group also continues in its highly successful residency with the Indianapolis Symphony.

In January 2010, Tf3 released its first commercial CD, "Three Fervent Travelers," on the E1 label. It was an instant success, debuting in the top 10 on Billboard, Amazon and iTunes, and remaining in the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover Charts for more than 10 months. This followed the group's first two self-produced CD's, "Time for Three" and "We Just Burned This For You!," which sold more than 20,000 copies.  The group has also used the Kickstarter platform to fund their creative projects: in 2011, Time for Three raised over $20,000 from its fans in one week through a campaign to finance the production of its first professional music video.  The result was "Stronger," a powerful bullying-prevention YouTube video on Tf3's own arrangement of music by Daft Punk and Kanye West.  An instant success, "Stronger" has established Time for Three as a leading group in the fight against bullying, partnering with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center to bring their message to schools and students across the country through residencies, workshops, and the media.

Time for Three has embarked on a major commissioning program to expand its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras. The first project, "Concerto 4-3," was written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon and premiered in performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach in 2008; it has been performed dozens of times since to great acclaim and was released on CD by the Fort Worth Symphony in 2012.  2010 saw the premiere of "Travels in Time for Three" by Chris Brubeck, co-commissioned by the Boston Pops, the Youngstown Symphony, and eight other orchestras. Most recently in 2013, Tf3 premiered "Games and Challenges: Something Wonderful Right Away," a new work composed by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom and commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony.

In 2009, Time for Three inaugurated an ambitious three-year residency with the Indianapolis Symphony, a groundbreaking project among American orchestras wherein the artists not only got involved at the community level, but also curated the wildly successful "Happy Hour" series of concerts with the orchestra throughout the season. The project generated tremendous excitement and greatly increased the orchestra's profile, especially among the younger demographic, all while making Tf3 a household name in Indianapolis.  Thrilled with the success of the residency, the Indianapolis Symphony decided in 2012 to extend Time for Three's contract, with the group now spending 11 weeks per season with the orchestra doing everything from programming, arranging, and performing concerts to education, fundraising, PR and community outreach.

In addition to its demanding performance schedule, the trio is committed to reaching younger audiences. Time for Three has participated in a number of educational residencies and outreach concerts including annual visits to Paul Newman's Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for children with terminal illnesses; weeklong residencies at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Carnegie Hall's Family Concerts; and countless workshops, demonstrations, and impromptu jam sessions with students, everywhere from university classrooms to clubs and coffee houses. "The guys" want to share their infectious love of music with everyone in settings that encourage open communication and inspired exchange.

Time for Three has been seen and heard frequently on various television and radio broadcasts throughout the country, including numerous appearances on Public Television and NPR. The group performed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR in 2013 and was featured in a documentary film about Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square directed by Robert Downey, Sr. in 2005. They also recorded the soundtrack to the History Channel's 2007 production, "The Spanish-American War." 

Zach De Pue comes from a musical family: in addition to the De Pue Brothers, his father is a composer and professor emeritus of music composition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Born in Bowling Green, Zach graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He was the recipient of a merit-based full-tuition scholarship and held the Institute's David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship.

Prior to entering Curtis, Mr. De Pue attended the Cleveland Institute of Music. He made his solo debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and performed as soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1995. Mr. De Pue has performed at the Isaac Stern Music Workshop; the Angel Fire, La Jolla and Sarasota music festivals; and at the Chautauqua Institution and Interlochen Arts Academy. In September 2007, he was appointed Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Nick Kendall studied at the Curtis Institute with the internationally renowned violinist Victor Danchenko. He maintains a strong interest in other musical instruments and genres and is an enthusiastic teacher who utilizes elements from both classical and non-traditional repertoires in his popular workshops.

Recent highlights of his career include performances with Israel's Jerusalem Symphony under conductor James Judd; an acclaimed Philadelphia recital debut under the auspices of Astral Artistic Services; a quartet performance at Carnegie Hall; performances as a member of the Astral Trio at both the Los Angeles Chamber Music Festival and at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall; and a guest artist appearance on tour with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. Nick debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Young Artists competitions. He has since performed in the concert halls of Anchorage, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, San Francisco and Tokyo. In addition to his extensive recording and performance activities as a member of Tf3, Nick is also a member of both the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and the Dryden String Quartet.

Ranaan Meyer began his musical studies at the piano at age four and, when he was big enough to hold it, took up the double bass at 11. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from Curtis in 2003. Beyond regular appearances with ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Meyer is increasingly in demand as a composer, creating unique new works for Tf3 as well as for other ensembles and for solo bass. Most recently, Ranaan completed a commission, "My Zayda" (for violin, piano and double bass), for the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island. Other recently completed commissions include a solo double bass piece for Network for New Music, a double bass and harp duet, a set of pieces for Astral Artistic Services, and a Tf3 composition for the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony, "Of Time and Three Rivers." All commissions have been expedited through the American Composers Forum.

Ranaan is also an accomplished jazz musician who has performed with Jane Monheit, Victor Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark O'Connor, Ari Hoenig, Duane Eubanks, Mickey Roker and many others. At age 19, Ranaan produced, directed and performed in the very first Washington Township Jazz Festival that was also broadcast live on Philadelphia's WRTI. An avid teacher, Ranaan has held adjunct Double Bass professorships at both Princeton University and the University of Delaware. He spent several summers teaching alongside Hal Robinson, Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra, at the Strings International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at the Intermountain Suzuki Camp in Sandy, Utah, and at Mark O'Connor's String Camp in San Diego, California.

Ranaan is the founder of a new program called Project Interactive (PI), whose purpose is to culturally connect communities' artistic possibilities. He is also committed to expanding the double bass repertoire and has composed numerous new works for the instrument. In 2008, he launched "Wabass," a double bass camp along with Eric Larson (of the Houston Symphony) and Hal Robinson.

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Reviews

"A self-described "classically trained garage band," the group blends classical themes and bowing techniques with bluegrass-style fiddling, jazzy bass lines, and the occasional hip-hop riff. "

The Wall Street Journal

"Time for Three formed when its members were students at Curtis, the elite music school: These are, in short, top-drawer classical musicians who happen to branch out into another idiom... Higdon takes the energy that’s characteristic of all her music and tries it out with different accents, folksier twists and plenty of fiddling for the equally energetic young players. (Nicolas Kendall, one of the violinists, can barely stand still even when he isn’t playing.) And the trio, having re-donned the classical mantle, at least in part, for the duration of the concerto, threw it off again in their encore, their signature arrangement of “Orange Blossom Special” (opening with a riff on Vivaldi). Cue purple banners and whoops."

Washington Post (review of Carnegie Hall concert)

"Demonstrating their ability to deeply connect with their audience in a most interactive way, they electrified a full-house crowd... Happily engaging and wildly entertaining."

Examiner.com (review of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Pops Series concert)

"Is it bluegrass or country, jazz improvisation or some new kind of classical? One thing's for certain. It's fabulous."

Albany Times Union

"The fast-rising Tf3 has been breaking the rules and defying expectations since the three players began jamming together as students at the Curtis Institute of Music."

The Denver Post

"...Time for Three has both blue-chip classical credentials and bluegrass ones: They tear through that fiddler's standby "Orange Blossom Special" like nobody's business."

Washington Post

"...the performance seemed to be reaching for an easy laugh or some overly simple effect, only to have the dazzling level of musicianship bring it to another level."

San Francisco Chronicle

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Discography

  • Time for Three

    3 Fervent Travelers 2009