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"You have found something." Meet Syrinx XXII

Nov 1, 2019

Syrinx XXII is a trio with an unusual, perhaps unique, combination of instruments: flutes, recorders, and piano.

They visited Rochester this week to perform on our lunchtime concert series Live from Hochstein, along with a few other performances throughout the region.  What a discovery! The way that they blend the wide range of tones and textures of their instruments into sweet and surprising music.  You can listen to that show here online. 

António Carrilho on stage at Hochstein with the members of the Rochester Chapter of the American Recorder Society
Credit David Griffin

This one performance in Rochester turned into something more, after a few members of the Rochester Chapter of the American Recorder Society came out to see them on Live from Hochstein.  They invited recorder player António Carrilho to teach a masterclass the very next day. 

These three musicians: Katharine Rawdon (flutes), António Carrilho (recorders), and Raj Bhimani (piano) have connected musically and as friends over the past five years, commissioning new music and arranging existing classics in a way that creates something new with their wide range of pipes, from piccolo and sopranino recorder to contrabass flute and a range of bass recorders.

Take some time to hear them share their origin story, the things that inspire them, and their experiences playing music together around the world in our conversation recorded the day after their performance at The Hochstein School.

The musicians of Syrinx XXII say they're going into the studio to record together soon, and they have promised to send us that recording to share on the radio. In the mean time, you keep track of where in the world you can find them next through the Syrinx XXII website and FB page