The viola da gamba is a versatile bowed and 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, Gerald 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 latest CD, Uncharted: A Viola da Gamba Adventure, from MSR Classics, chronicles his musical voyages and has received praise in the US and Europe.
It is an honor to be included in this article from the July 2016 issue of Songlines magazine, and to be mentioned alongside such musical company. Click on the image below to read the full article (PDF).
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Uncharted has been selected for the 2015 Grammy first ballot in the Contemporary Instrumental Music category! What an honor it is to even be considered, and I’m very grateful to all the very talented people who helped produce the album. You can hear a sample track from Uncharted in the player to the left.
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.”
—Laurence Lewis, Czech Music Review, London
—Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer