Threefifty Duo’s music has been described as "classically influenced post-rock," as guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick seamlessly weave their contemporary rock sensibilities into the rich fabric of classical guitar. After years of writing and performing together and with a second album under Threefifty’s belt, the duo’s stylistic tendencies have further expanded, with genre blurred by an intensely personal sound that is rhythmic, infectious, engaging, and at once both new and accessible.
Formed in the halls of The Yale School of Music, taught by renowned classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery, and molded by the multi-faceted music scene of their hometown New York City, Threefifty Duo has gone on to play in a diverse array of respected venues and festivals, such as SXSW, The 92nd Street Y, The New York Guitar Festival, Southpaw, Pianos, The Monkey, Bennington College, Sarajevo's Dom Armije, Genghis Cohen, Connecticut Guitar Society, and California State University at Long Beach, where choreography was set to their music. Recent projects have also included a collaboration with video artist Jennifer Stock. In the fall of 2010 Threefifty Duo set off for a three-week tour of the UK, where they played as part of CMEAS' Fall UK Tour and the Lancaster Music Festival.
Their self-titled debut album marked the duo as innovators in classical guitar programming, moving effortlessly between the compositions of their classical heroes, contemporary counterparts, and their own creations. While the album captured the verve and enthusiasm of a well-practiced and polished duo, it is Threefifty's sophomore effort, “Circles,” that presents the listener with a volume of all original compositions and a full emergence of the duo’s distinctive voice, highlighted by Dominic Frasca’s sumptuous production.
Threefifty Duo has been featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds” with John Schaefer and Premier Guitar magazine's website, and has received critical acclaim from Time Out NY, Guitar Edge Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar News, Minor 7th, Lancashire Life, and the UK’s Classical Guitar Magazine, who wrote of it: “Brilliant! ... each track is an attention-grabbing item and throughout there are no low-points. The style is difficult to describe: performing on classical guitars and steel-stringed guitar, Circles is an amalgamation of classical/rock/folk; sometimes romantic, sometimes thrillingly energetic, but at all times spell-binding. Loved every second of it and will play it time and again.”
Threefifty Duo -- 2006
Circles -- 2009
Mina at the Monkey
Touch the Ground
Outward, Endlessly, in Every Direction
Eager to Be
Iris (Brett solo)
A Run through the Forest (Geremy solo)
(totals about an hour, but we can easily do longer/shorter sets)
Les Trois Mains -- Jean-Philippe Rameau
Sonata, K. 119 -- Domenico Scarlatti
Fix You -- Coldplay (B.P. solo)
Prelude and Fugue no. 2 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I -- J.S. Bach
The Way a Day Collapses
You Make Me Not Want to Leave
Jumeaux -- Aaron and Bryce Dessner