The world’s first classically-trained garage band, Time for Three - Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass - defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. Their hit YouTube bulling prevention video “Stronger”, featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe. Their packed 2012/13 season will include the release of their second album, a return to Carnegie Hall, their first tour of Asia, and the world premiere of a new concerto by William Bolcom, in addition to their continuing residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The world’s first classically-trained garage band, Time for Three - Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass - defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. Their hit YouTube bullying prevention video “Stronger”, featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe. Their packed 2012/13 season will include the release of their second album, a return to Carnegie Hall, their first tour of Asia, and the world premiere of a new concerto by William Bolcom, in addition to their continuing residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short -- a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then bassist Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3 and for the first few years enjoyed a close affiliation with, and were presented in performances by Astral Artists.
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 NFL games to the Indy 500, and countless private and corporate events including a concert on the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York in 2012.
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. Time for Three’s second album, featuring their own mash-ups and arrangements of popular contemporary musicians with classics from Bach to Stravinsky, will be released during the 2012-2013 season.
In 2011, Time for Three raised over $20,000 from its fans in one week through a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of their 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. The video was an instant success, and has established Time for Three as leading musicians 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 was Concerto 4-3, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The work was premiered in six performances by Tf3 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach in January 2008 and has been performed dozens of times since to great acclaim; it 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 8 other orchestras. The next work in the series will be by William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, for a premiere in May 2013.
In 2009, Time for Three inaugurated an ambitious 3-year residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a groundbreaking project among American orchestras where 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, and made them household names in Indianapolis. Thrilled with the success of the residency, the Indianapolis Symphony decided in 2012 to extend and greatly expand Time for Three’s contract, with the group now spending 14 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 performing schedule, the trio is committed to reaching younger audiences and 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 jam sessions and impromptu music-making with students, anywhere from university classes to pizza parties and coffee houses. “The guys” want to share their infectious love of music with everyone.
Time for Three has been seen and heard frequently on various television and radio broadcasts throughout the country, including numerous times on Public Television and NPR, and was featured in a documentary film about Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square directed by Robert Downey, Sr. The group recorded the soundtrack to the History Channel's 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 Monheight, 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.
"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)
"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
3 Fervent Travelers 2009