The improvisational piano/percussion trio, called Trio Unprepared, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. The group made its debut performance in Switzerland, and has since played in the U.S., Japan, Poland and Korea. Here’s more about the musicians: Audience members are invited to the stage after the performance to meet the musicians and ask questions.
Pianist, Andre Gribou and percussionists Roger Braun and Anthony Di Sanza form the trio and specialize in classical, jazz, and world music in addition to their expertise in improvised performances.
Roger Braun is Professor of Percussion at Ohio University, where he was recognized as the institutions’ Presidential teacher in 2016. He has presented numerous percussion master classes and clinics throughout the United States and internationally. He can also be heard on more than a dozen CD recordings. As a composer, Braun’s compositions and arrangements have been performed around the world and draw upon contemporary, jazz, and world music influences. Braun earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan with highest honors and his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Anthony Di Sanza is Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has performed and presented many master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared as a visiting artist at over 50 colleges, universities, and conservatories. Di Sanza has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the world’s most important concert halls as well. Active in a variety of Western and non-Western percussive styles, he can be heard on many internationally distributed CD recordings with various artists. Di Sanza currently serves as principal percussionist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and his percussion compositions have been performed internationally. Anthony earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Youngstown State University and his Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.
André Gribou has composed for and collaborated with many nationally and internationally known artists in the creation of works for documentaries, video, dance and theater. In 2012 he received, in collaboration with Eric Arvai, the Emmy Award for Musical Score for the soundtrack to the documentary David Hostetler: The Last Dance. Previous Emmy nominations include the theme music for the WCBS-TV NFL Today Preview and the documentary PassionWorks: The Story of Flying. He also composed the soundtrack for the Emmy award-winning documentary Wandering Souls: Tet 68. Gribou holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has served as Music Director at the Ohio University School of Dance and joined the Ohio University School of Music Piano, Composition and General Studies faculty in the fall of 2004.