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An Eastern European flavor and improvisation serve as the basis for the 3 Leg Torso modern chamber ensemble approach. The trio that creates this instrumental music, often with a "nuevo tango" rhythm, plays violin, cello, and accordion. The recording also includes percussion. Leading the group is violinist Bela Balogh, a first-generation American and third-generation Hungarian musician. The trio's approach includes the tango transformation of Astor Piazzolla with a non-traditional approach to classical and folk instrumentation. In 3 Leg Torso's music, insistent and urgent staccato dance rhythms, quickly paced, underlie Eastern European tone coloring. Suggesting the Balkan sounds are legato passages on the violin and accordion. This contrast and complexity keep the group's tunes fresh and interesting.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Originally an instrumental trio, featuring violinist Bela Balogh, cellist Gabe Leavitt, and accordionist Courtney Von Drehle, 3 Leg Torso is one of Portland, OR's truly eclectic bands. Their original tunes incorporate elements of modern chamber music, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European folk music, and Argentinean tango. CMJ described the group's sound as "all the beauty of Astor Piazzolla's music and the spirit of the Kronos Quartet." Portland Online Musicnet claimed their music "seems to be a...
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