violin and bass duo
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. Read More...
— Clare Byrne,
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. Read More...
— Rick Anderson,
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, Read More...
— 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 ... Read More...
— Drew L. Cheng,
The Harvard Crimson
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. Read More...
— Bruce Hodges,
"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. Read More...
— Joseph Dalton,