violin and bass duo | Worldwide
Acclaim

Violinist Tessa Lark excelled in her elegantly tapered thematic volleys with the piano in the Andante, which also featured swooning exchanges between Weilerstein and violist Yura Lee, whose colorful sonority and supple phrasing also increased the quintet’s allure. New to the SummerFest 2020 roster, contrabass master Michael Thurber sustained the ensemble with a dynamic range that started at dulcet rumble and crested at majestic roar...Lark and Thurber gave a nimble, stylishly nuanced account to seven of the Bach Two-Part Inventions...The duo brought a certain vigor to these inventions, as well as a dynamic contour to the phrasing that Bach’s keyboard instruments could not achieve.

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Ken Herman, San Diego Story

Lark and Thurber’s careful attention to the entrances and exiting of their bows on the strings were sonically and visually beautiful. A potpourri of American cultural elements — Appalachian music, bluegrass, jazz, and contemporary and classical stylizations — blended with ease and fluidity.

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Clare Byrne, CT Examiner

Violinist Tessa Lark and contrabassist Michael Thurber make an unusual duo, but if you need to be convinced that it’s an instrumental combination that works, just check out this delightful album.

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Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

What do Bach, bebop and bluegrass have in common? The answer, according to Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber, is more than one might think. With exhilarating teamwork, humour and educational instincts, the two musicians charmed an eager crowd in their first appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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Bruce Hodges, The Strad

One of the most exceptional things about the music of J.S. Bach is that it can withstand transcription to virtually any instrumental medium, from grandiose Wagner-size orchestra to sopranino recorder and just about anything in between or beside ...The latest example to cross my desk is an album titled Invention featuring violinist Tessa Lark and contrabass player Michael Thurber ... On this disc, seven of Bach’s two-part inventions are interspersed with original “inventions” by Lark and Thurber, drawing on diverse influences from Appalachia to New Orleans, running the gamut of Americana, but also encompassing their skill as classical musicians. The juxtaposition works surprisingly well,

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David Olds, The Whole Note

Sunday’s program placed a spotlight on musical collaboration and communication, with special performances by its co-hosts — Naumburg winning violinist Tessa Lark and former “The Late Show with Steven Colbert” bassist Michael Thurber — a musical “Moon Landing” skit, and anecdotes shared by eight featured young performers ...

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Drew L. Cheng, The Harvard Crimson

"About my favorite composer in the world" is how ASO leader David Alan Miller described Michael Torke this past January. The occasion was the premiere of "Sky," a bluegrass infused concerto written for the marvelous young American violinist Tessa Lark. That piece leads off a new all-Torke disc featuring four recent concertos.

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Joseph Dalton, Albany Times-Union
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