Trio for Cello and Digital Processor

Bridge’s new CD of music by Tom Flaherty was my introduction to this L.A.-based cellist/composer. While the disc offers a variety of chamber music combinations including two duets for two pianos, the piece I find myself coming back to most is his 1991 Trio for Cello and Digital Processor (which should be a duet right?). The Trio, according to the booklet notes, makes references to repertoire as disparate as J.S. Bach’s Es ist Genug and Edgard Varèse’s Poème electronique, but (in a rare non-analytical moment) I was too busy being saturated by the textures to notice or care.

—FJO