Time for Three - Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass - defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. Their hit YouTube anti-bullying video Stronger, featured on CNN and the Huffington Post, has inspired students around the globe. Their packed 2012/13 season will include the release of their second album, a return to Carnegie Hall, their first tour of Asia, and the world premiere of a new concerto by William Bolcom, in addition to their continuing residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia’s
Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short -- a charismatic ensemble
with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then bassist Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3 and for the first few years enjoyed a close affiliation with, and were presented in performances by Astral Artists.
The ensemble gained instant attention in July 2003, during a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts. While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Ranaan and Zach, who were both performing as members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, obliged with an impromptu jam session that included works as far afield from the originally scheduled symphony as “Jerusalem’s Ridge,” “Ragtime Annie,” and “The Orange Blossom Special.” The crowd went wild, and as they say, “the rest is history”.
To date, the group has performed over a thousand engagements as diverse
as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s
subscription series to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco; from residencies at the
Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at the
Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany; from NFL games to the Indy 500,
and countless private and corporate events including a concert on the aircraft
carrier Intrepid in New York in 2012.
In January 2010, TF3 released its first commercial CD, Three Fervent Travelers,
on the E1 label. It was an instant success, debuting in the top 10 on Billboard,
Amazon and iTunes, and remaining in the top 10 on the Billboard Crossover
Charts for more than 10 months. This followed the group’s first two
self-produced CD’s, Time for Three and We Just Burned This For You!,
which sold more than 20,000 copies. Time for Three’s second album will be
released under the Universal Record Label in 2014 and will feature their
own mash-ups and arrangements of popular contemporary music as well
as performances by incredible guest musicians.
In 2011, Time for Three raised over $20,000 from its fans in one week
through a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of their first
professional music video. The result was Stronger, a powerful anti-bullying
YouTube video on TF3’s own arrangement of music by Daft Punk and
Kanye West. The video was an instant success, and has established
Time for Three as leading musicians in the fight against bullying, partnering
with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to bring their message to
schools and students across the country through residencies, workshops
and the media.
The ensemble has embarked on a major commissioning program to expand
its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras. The first project was Concerto 4-3,
written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The work was premiered in six performances by Tf3 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach in January 2008 and has been performed dozens of times since to great acclaim; it was released on CD by the Fort Worth Symphony in 2012. 2010 saw the premiere of Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck, co-commissioned by the Boston Pops, the Youngstown Symphony, and 8 other orchestras. The next work in the series was 'Games and Challenges' by William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony and premiered in May 2013.
In 2009, Time for Three inaugurated an ambitious 3-year residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a groundbreaking project among American orchestras where the artists not only got involved at the community level, but also curated the wildly successful “Happy Hour” series of concerts with the orchestra throughout the season. The project generated tremendous excitement and greatly increased the orchestra’s profile, especially among the younger demographic, and made them household names in Indianapolis. Thrilled with the success of the residency, the Indianapolis Symphony decided in 2012 to extend and greatly expand Time for Three’s contract, with the group now spending 14 weeks per season with the orchestra doing everything from programming, arranging and performing concerts to education, fundraising, PR and community outreach. In 2013 Time for Three's residency with the ISO received an Indiana Innovation Award.
In addition to its demanding performing schedule, the trio is committed to reaching younger audiences and has participated in a number of educational residencies and outreach concerts including annual visits to Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for children with terminal illnesses; weeklong residencies at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Carnegie Hall’s Family Concerts; and countless jam sessions and impromptu music-making with students, anywhere from university classes to pizza parties and coffee houses. “The guys” want to share their infectious love of music with everyone.
Time for Three has been seen and heard frequently on various television and radio broadcasts throughout the country, including numerous times on Public Television and NPR, CNN, and was featured in a documentary film about Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square directed by Robert Downey, Sr. The group recorded the soundtrack to the History Channel's production, The Spanish-American War.
"Simply put, they're a knockout! Three benevolent monsters, monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of American Music can develop, when life and passion such as this are breathed into it." -Sir Simon Rattle
"Simply put, they're a knockout! Three benevolent monsters, monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of American Music can develop, when life and passion such as this are breathed into it." --Sir Simon Rattle
A rising star among both classical and crossover music fans, he was appointed concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country. He graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He earned a full‐tuition scholarship to Curtis and he also held the David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship. He served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to entering Curtis, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.
With an innate talent for improvisation and arranging, Zach found much of his inspiration from his three older brothers, all violinists and fiddlers. In 1985, the four classically‐trained brothers formed their own acclaimed group, The DePue Brothers, which combines classical and bluegrass for an eclectic, fun concert experience. The group’s father is Wallace DePue, a composer and professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University.
Zach’s violin was made by Ferdinand Gagliano of Naples, Italy, in 1757. When not performing, he enjoys movies, Broadway musicals, reading, running and watching sports (especially college football – Go Buckeyes!).
Nicolas (Nick for short) Kendall connects people through music. He picked up his ﬁrst violin at the age of three. With an insatiable appetite for a diversity of expression, he went to the streets of Washington D.C. to play trash cans for lunch money as a teenager. By college, he was forming pick-up rock bands at Curtis Institute between concert debuts at the most prestigious halls in the world.
Nick is one of our generation’s most persuasive champions of bringing new audiences to concert halls across America. Irreverent, funny, and relentless, Nick has become a force for bringing people together through music, on stage and off. His work is based on the simple idea that the energy you exude greatly impacts the relationships that you build.
Nick’s leadership comes from a long personal history with collective action. Years ago, Nick gathered his friends to form a band whose direction comes from the power of the collective, now the critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Trained in the Suzuki method, which his grandfather, John Kendall, brought to America in the 1960s, Nick continues the teaching tradition. As a caretaker of his craft, he is passing on the vitality of classical music to a new generation.
Ranaan Meyer is a double bassist redefining the career path of a professional musician. His work runs the gamut from appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Joshua Radin, and all points between. Ranaan began playing the double bass at age 11 and has worked with many of the double bass's greatest teachers, including Rufus Reid, Hal Robinson, Gary Karr, Neil Courtney, Larry Grenadier and many more. His studies at the Curtis Institute of Music led him to the formation of Time for Three with fellow students and violinists Nick Kendall and Zach DePue.
When not performing with Time for Three, Ranaan Meyer spends his time building Ranaan Meyer Entertainment, a company dedicated to the universal education of double bass players. Through summer camps Wabass Institute and Wabass Workshop, Ranaan works with the most promising students and professionals in the world every summer. Recently, Ranaan began publishing The Next Level Bassist, a free online journal that is dedicated to bass education. Ranaan recently received a Community Partner grant from the American Composers Forum to compose 10 pieces for student musicians in disadvantaged areas, and will be conducting residencies on those pieces beginning in the fall of 2013.
Ranaan currently performs on a Cavani double bass made in Italy circa 1892 and a Reid Hudson bow. Committed to enhancing his live sound, Ranaan has developed a new system for amplification. His setup includes a Mackie 12 channel mixer, Ernie Ball volume pedal, and Digitech Bass Driver. Ranaan uses a Fishman Full Circle pickup and DPA d:vote bass microphone to amplify his sound. Ranaan is sponsored through David Gage String Repair with the use of the Featherweight flight case, and Shank Strings, performing all repair work on Ranaan's bass and bows.