We had the good fortune of connecting with Triple Play and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Triple, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Ever since each of us have studied for years, graduated college with degrees in music performance, and traveled the world performing professionally, we have been forming our careers into combining the vast array of projects and ensembles we have collaborated with throughout. Our individual journeys inspired us to create our own businesses over the last 10 years. Triple Play was born out of the need to create new opportunities for us to share our talents in any way we could considering the circumstances of the pandemic. Artists have the ability to interpret what is currently happening in society by communicating their thoughts and emotions through their art as well as offering comfort during difficult times.
Forming this ensemble started with some fun videos which were shared online, celebrating holidays and birthdays for loved ones and colleagues. Triple Play invested a lot of time recording parts remotely and making sure we all had the necessary equipment. Each chart had to be arranged specifically for this unique instrumentation by Steve himself. Collectively, a logo was chosen by collaborating with a graphic artist and a social media presence was created for our group. This has opened up opportunities for our arrangements to be published, and we are really looking forward to more collaborations with bands and artists, as well as performing concerts, workshops and outreach presentations at educational institutions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This ensemble is very unique in the sense that all instruments are of different musical families. Chamber music tends to have instruments of the same family generally, such as string quartets and brass quintets. Our ensemble consists of mainly violin, clarinet and French horn encompassing each of the families. At times the musicians will play their secondary instruments which include piano, flute, or vocal harmonies. Since the birth of this group, it has created the need for completely original arrangements and compositions.
We are proud to have premiered Steve’s composition at an international symposium and thereafter have it available for purchase by a publishing company based in London.
Through hard work, dedication and perseverance we have managed to successfully continue our carreers regardless of the pandemic. Each day we have to think of creative ways to stay in the musical community regardless of the circumstances in society. It is important to keep a positive outlook on the future while working to create more opportunities for sharing our talents. Additionally, it has been important to celebrate our successes throughout.
One important lesson we’ve learned is how to delegate certain tasks to professionals more suited to those tasks. Also, working on projects online has taught us different techniques on releasing content and having an online presence.
This ensemble is hoping to inspire the world to enjoy music in a comfortable and open environment. We also really have a passion of collaborating with other artists of unlimited scenarios such as bands, solo artists, soundtrack recordings and other special projects.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
After picking them up from the airport, we would make sure they are settled in our guest bedroom and unpacked. Then, we will head right to Universal Studios, ride the rides and eat the decadent food and watch entertainment at City Walk. The following day, we would head to Hollywood to check out the stars and performers on the Walk of Fame before heading to Hollywood Bowl for a picnic and to watch Triple Play perform with artists such as Ariana Grande or Josh Groban!!! The 3rd day of the trip, we would definitely head to the beach for a beautiful day at the ocean. Later on in the evening, we will partake in a drum circle! In the middle of the trip, we will head to Wrightwood to enjoy a delicious meal at the Grizzly Bear cafe which has an excellent gift shop, then head to see live Celtic music at the Yodeler. For the start to the weekend, we would have a day in, just enjoying one another’s company, walking around the neighborhood, reminiscing, playing games, music and karaoke. The last two days are always an adventure as we love to hike around the city, possibly go horseback riding, head to a lazy river, to watch/support local and live music, attend a sporting event or a farmers market.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For each of us, our parents have been a constant support in every way possible whether it be through our education, attending our performances (even it means traveling across country), encouraging us, helping us stay humble, keeping us afloat through the difficult times and most importantly for never giving up on us. We are very appreciative of the work by our graphic designer, Larry Briner, to Corniworld Publications for publishing our first original composition “Triple Play”, to TJ Viola for his mixing skills and to International Horn Society’s 53rd symposium for the opportunity to premiere it at their virtual symposium.