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The music of the Culpo/Richard/Herbert Trio accurately reflects the diversity of it's members, three musicians who compose and perform, with backgrounds in various musical traditions; classical, contemporary, jazz, as well as interdisciplinary experiences (dance, theatre, circus, opera), and cross cultural experiences (Oriental, Brazilian, and African musics). This diversity is integrated and transformed and the resulting aesthetic is not eclecticism, but wholeness.

Thus the writing successfully incorporates components of different genres of music. It is at times very strict (as in "classical music"), at times very sparse (free jazz), at times very traditional (fixed, repeating harmonic progressions), and at times totally open (improvised music).

This wholeness is also reflected in the group's balancing of ensemble improvisation involving two or three musicians, with "soloist" improvisation. Improvisation is used to illuminate and project the composition into spaces where one might not expect the musical materials to go, without allowing improvisation to dominate the character of the composition.

Other manifestations of this wholeness is the openness to any method, type, or language of improvisation, and the manner in which the musicians are not locked into roles based on their instrument; each may assume responsibility for harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic elements depending upon the musical situation.

LOVE AND BANANAS ARE HERE, by the Culpo/Richard/Herbert Trio contains 11 compositions by the members of the trio.

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released June 1, 2005

Culpo – Richard – Herbert Trio
Love & Bananas Are Here
Recorded July 2004 at Maison de la Musique Nanterre by Etienne Bultingaire
Released June 2005 on Cristal Records
Jean-Charles Richard - soprano saxophone
Peter Herbert - contrebass
Christopher Culpo - piano
Art direction and illustration by Pete Jeffs

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Christopher Culpo Paris, France

Christopher Culpo is a performer/ composer who’s work lies at the confluence of contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. He's written symphonic, opera, for dance and theatre,and has composed and improvised music for silent films.Recent releases include Thawing Mammoth with clarinetist-saxophonist Achille Succi, The Spectral Life of Things and Mimesis (2020) with saxophonist Catherine Sikora. ... more

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