Gerald Trimble

Viola da gamba

Gerald with viola

Gerald Trimble is the foremost innovator of the viola da gamba, a versatile bowed, fretted instrument with ancient roots in Moorish Spain and Renaissance and Baroque Europe. As much a jazz or rock improvisor as an interpreter of ancient music, Trimble sails the viola da gamba out of its accepted role in historical performance and into a much deserved role as a world instrument. His new CD, Uncharted, from MSR Classics, chronicles his musical voyages and has received praise in the US and Europe.

Listen to “Greensleeves to a Ground” from the CD Uncharted
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Performing exclusively on original 17th and 18th century violas da gamba, Trimble creates a new style which spans a musical continuum of centuries and melds contemporary techniques with arcane, alchemical traditions in sound – connecting cultures through the ages as he travels. In Trimble's hands, the gamba’s capabilities are explored as never before, revealing it as a complete instrument that can be bowed or strummed, and used for either melodic and chordal solo work or as accompaniment to his eastern flavored singing. No wonder then, that Gerald considers it “arguably the most versatile stringed instrument in the world.”

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“Think Indiana Jones…”

—Laurence Lewis, Czech Music Review, London

“Whilst Gerald Trimble crosses many musical boundaries on his new disc…his natural and fine musicianship manages to bring performances that are often quite intoxicating.”

—Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer

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