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New CD features sultry tangos and jazz-fusion

April 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Merling Trio, an internationally acclaimed faculty ensemble of the Western Michigan University School of Music, recently released a new CD, "The Music of Astor Piazolla and Frank Proto."

The strings and piano trio features Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano. Their new work was featured in a CD-release concert March 31 in the Dalton Center. It combines the sultry tangos of Piazzolla with the cutting-edge jazz-fusion of Proto.

Individual tracks on the new CD are: La Muerte del angel, tango (3:22) by Piazzolla; Milonga del angel, tango (7:19) by Piazzolla; Cuatro estaciones portenas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle (23:33) by Piazzolla; Revolucionario, tango (5:32) by Piazzolla; Oblivion, tango (3:43) by Piazzolla; and Quartet for piano & strings (22:58) by Proto.

Known both for successful commissions of works by contemporary composers and interpretations of the standard repertoire, the Merling Trio has performed in 29 U.S. states, Canada and Great Britain. Their live concert performances have been broadcast widely on both radio and television.

The Merling Trio's "The Music of Astor Piazolla and Frank Proto" is distributed by Centaur Records and available through barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. List price is $18.98.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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