VENTO TRIO plays chamber music that grooves, from popular Brazilian songs, jazzy improvisational styles, and commissions by US composers, to contemporary Latin American works. Equally adept in the classics, concerts also feature composers such as Bozza, Albeniz, Bach and Mozart. During the last 12 years VENTO TRIO has performed at numerous venues such as the Chamber Music America Conference, Hoff Barthelson School, Rutgers University, Keeler Tavern Museum, Locktown Stone Church, International Double Reed Society Conferences, libraries, and festivals in France and Brazil.
Percussion, piano and oboe have joined the trio in concerts of choros, Villa-Lobos, and their transcription of “Circle of Friends” by César Guerra Peixe, which introduces the unique character of each woodwind instrument.
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Andre de Sapato Novo
Vento Trio with percussionist Rogerio Boccato
Guerra Peixe “Ragabunto” from Roda de Amigos
Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Piano
Danzon by Paquito D’Rivera
Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano
Tres Tangos, Mvt. 1 by Brian Duford
Janet Grice, Bassoonist, formed Vento Trio at Rutgers University in 2004 for her doctoral thesis, a culmination of research that began with a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil. She earned degrees from New York University and New England Conservatory, and received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation and USArtists International. Janet performed jazz with Karl Berger, Butch Morris, Mingus Orchestra, Weekly Reeders and her groups, and classical & contemporary music with the STX Ensemble Xenakis, Chappaqua Orchestra, Londrina Symphony (Brazil) and freelance ensembles. Her discography includes Music Minus One, 3 Brazilian jazz CDs, and with artists such as Leroy Jenkins, John Lurie and Bernie Worell. Performances took place in Europe, South America, Lake George Jazz Weekend, Celebrate Brooklyn, SOB’s, 92nd Street Y, and Jazz Forum Arts. She led workshops at International Double Reed Society conferences, the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil, and Fou de Basson in France. She teaches at the Hoff Barthelson Music School and is the former band director at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx.
Kevin Willois, Flutist, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in flute from Rutgers University, where he studied with Bart Feller and played principal flute and piccolo with the orchestra and wind ensemble. He began his musical career as a saxophonist on the R&B circuit in New York, and is an accomplished woodwind doubler. A founding member of Vento Trio, Kevin co-produced their two CDs, led improvisation workshops at Vento Trio residencies in France and Brazil, and taught flute at the Festival de Música de Londrina. An active performer in the New York/New Jersey area, he plays with the Perth Amboy Band, Edison Symphony, Artemis Chamber orchestra, Chelsea Opera, Martina Arroyo Opera, Sonora Winds, Actor’s Net and Tripleplay. He teaches at the Westminster Choir College Conservatory, Rutgers summer programs, the Peddie School in Princeton, and maintains a private studio in New Jersey. Kevin enjoys computers and recording music, and is working on a project documenting the flute repertoire of César Guerra Peixe.
Sarah Bednarcik, Clarinetist, a founding member of Vento Trio, plays in the Eastern Wind Symphony and freelances in New Jersey ensembles. She is the Assistant Director of Bands and Woodwind Specialist at Roxbury High School, NJ, maintains a private studio and is a clinician for student organizations. She taught clarinet at the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil and led Vento Trio chamber music workshops. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree from Rutgers University with a graduate fellowship, where she played Eb, Bb and bass clarinets in the orchestra and wind ensemble. Her principal teachers were Lawrie Bloom, Russell Dagon, and Maureen Hurd, and she played in master classes with Burt Hara, David Shifrin, Mark Nuccio and Alan Kay. In addition to teaching and playing clarinet, she is the busy mother of 2 young children.