Menage à Trio: It'll Be Just Fine

from Cello Noodles, Vol. III by Betsy Tinney

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Hello dear patrons! It's been a busy year for me so far, between gigs and snow and long-term house guests and more snow and a broken furnace and studio work and even more snow. (We got 22" a few weeks ago, which pretty much shut down everything for nearly a week. I know some folks are used to that much snow, but here in the Seattle area, we rarely get much snow, so don't have the infrastructure to deal with it. Our driveway and neighborhood street were impassable for six days, until a neighbor finally hired a backhoe to plow us all out. I do love snow; just Not That Much Snow!) (The above photo was taken from our front door.)

Snowpocalpyse aside, I'm excited to tell you about my string improv trio, Menage à Trio, and our first "solo" gig! Menage was originally founded in 2017 by me, Sunnie Larsen (violin/viola) and Geli Wuerzner (violin/viola); since Geli moved to Santa Fe in December, we've been joined by the inimitable Alexander James Adams (violin). Menage creates music together, in the moment - both onstage and in the studio. When we're performing onstage, we ask for prompts from the audience - for example, "Bees," "Insomnia," or "The Liberty Elephant Meets a Tipsy Wyvern"; then we improvise together to those prompts. Menage has been performing at small local music festivals since our inception, and now we're excited to announce our first "solo" gig: Sunday, March 3 , 2019 at Friday Afternoon Tea in Seattle. If you're in the Seattle area, please come and join us! There will be tea and tasty snacks - and, of course, brand-new music, created in the moment (possibly to your prompt!). Details and tickets available at

This piece, "Menage à Trio: It'll Be Just Fine," was created last month right after Alec joined us; we had an upcoming concert at Conflikt 2019, and figured we'd better get together privately first, just to make sure the three of us could musically mind-meld well enough to be the new Menage. This piece is the very first thing we played that night. If we'd had any real concerns about being able to improvise together, they vanished after this piece; clearly, it would be Just Fine.


from Cello Noodles, Vol. III, released June 7, 2018
Sunnie Larsen: Viola
Alexander James Adams: Violin
Betsy Tinney: Cello




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