Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don’t want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics – from Papa Haydn to Uncle Shostakovich- new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. And they’re not afraid to mix together so many styles of music into a single piece it makes your head spin. More than virtuosi, the Trio’s members are fantastic performers who engage the audience in a way few classical musicians can. Amply witty, charming, and tremendously musical, Joe Trio leaves audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.
Since Joe Trio was formed in 1989, this classically trained violin-cello-piano threesome has presented hundreds of concerts throughout Canada and the United States – ten provinces, one territory, and thirty-six states so far. They’ve played everywhere from Whitehorse to Corpus Christi, and from Sacramento to St. John’s, and even in Ely, Nevada. They also appear regularly in their hometown of Vancouver, BC with the Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society. Joe has been heard on National Public Radio in the United States, RTE Lyric FM in Ireland, and on many CBC Radio shows including the old Morningside show, Disc Drive, The Music Room, West Coast Performance, and Quirks and Quarks. As well as giving concerts, the Trio enjoys offering their services for education outreach programs, and has played many school shows for children of all ages.
They recorded their first CD A Cup of Joe in 1997, and their second CD recorded with CBC entitled Set ‘em Up, Joe, was nominated for Best Classical Performance at the West Coast Music Awards. In 2003, they joined forces with Canadian broadcaster and writer Stuart McLean when Joe fiddler Cameron Wilson set the music to McLean’s “A History of Canada”, and have since collaborated with Stuart on a number of concerts including a broadcast on The Vinyl Café. And in 2005, Joe recorded a commissioned piece called ‘Rooster Bob Boogie’ for Ireland’s RKE Lyric FM radio.
Who is Joe?
CAMERON WILSON, Violin
Cameron Wilson is currently a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Joe Trio, Van Django and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. He is also a composer/arranger whose works have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles and soloists across Canada and the U.S. He has collaborated with CBC author and storyteller Stuart Mclean and the CBC Radio Orchestra on “History of Canada” and “I Remember Wayne”. Both stories were released as a CD last year. Most recently he composed the music for the NFB film Citizen Sam. The music was nominated for a 2007 Leo Award for best music in a documentary film
ALLEN STILES, Piano
Born and raised in Bella Coola, BC, Allen received his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia studying under Lee Kum Sing. He is a founding member and artistic director of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society, and is a member of the contemporary chamber group Standing Wave. He is also a highly respected freelance pianist and teacher in the Vancouver area, and is on faculty at both the Langley Community Music School and Douglas College’s Community School. Recently Allen has expanded his interests to include conducting, and is currently Music Director for the Richmond Gateway Theatre’s annual winter musical theatre productions.
CHARLES INKMAN, Cello
Charles was born at a very early age, and has been playing cello since he was eight. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from the University of British Columbia where he studied with Eric Wilson. Charles is a long-standing member of both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra, and spends his summers teaching at music camps in Canada and the United States. A few private students, recording for the odd movie and television show and playing in pick-up bands for the likes of visiting artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart and Pavarotti keep things interesting. He has also recorded with numerous bands including Spirit of the West and the Cranberries.