GRAMMY®️-nominated Juilliard graduates, formerly known as the high-octane sister-act, Project-SiS, Christine Kim (cellist) and Pauline Kim (violinist/composer) team up with pianist/composer Andrew John to launch their new collaborative project, New Melody Trio. The first of three monthly premieres, “Vivaldi Matrix” takes place on a private rooftop in Brooklyn, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline. Inspired by a dream that Andrew had, the violin and cello tracks were recorded at Spin Recording Studios by Roy Hendrickson, mixed by Brian Losch and mastered by Chris Graham. Live drums were added by Achille Raspantini, session lead by Rich Mercurio. The video was all shot in one day from sunrise to sunset with all natural light by Russ Dixon.
“Sometimes when I drift off to sleep I will imagine a simple piano line that plays over & over in my head. One such night, I dreamt of an electric violin riffing over my piano line piercing through with a strangely beautiful sound. This dream became the inspiration for my composition of “Vivaldi Matrix.”
Vivaldi Matrix unfolds with a simple, unchanging melody in the piano which sustains throughout while the violin floats above, embellishing ornamentation in a Baroque style. Beginning in a minor key, the cello builds harmonic motion with soft percussive pizzicatos and driving rhythmic sequences. The three instruments play in simple harmony, elaborating further variations on the theme until arriving in a triumphant major key, evoking a surge of rejuvenated energy.
Vivaldi Matrix was filmed on an Autumn Day on a rooftop in Brooklyn overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
The event may be watched either straight on Youtube or on our website here.