The Black Cedar Trio
Copyright 2011 Kris Palmer, DMA
The Black Cedar Trio is devoted to the performance and creation of chamber music for flute, cello, and guitar. They apply this unique
mix to a wide range of repertoire, including Renaissance love songs and dances, Baroque trio sonatas, Appalachian folk songs, and
world premieres by living composers. They are particularly interested in promoting new chamber music coming out of Asia, such as the
music of Cambodia's Chinary Ung, China's Lei Liang, and Thailand's Narongrit Dhamabutra.
Recent appearances include Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley, Noontime Concerts in San Francisco, the Deep Valley Chamber
Music Series in Ukiah, Last Fridays @ Pro Arts in Oakland, Tangents Contemporary Guitar Series in San Francisco, Second Fridays @
Arlington in Kensington, Seventh Avenue Performances in San Francisco, and concerts at San Jose State University. They appear this
month at the Emerald Tablet in San Francisco.
Flutist, Kris Palmer is a second prize winner in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut
winner with Artists International, and a first prize winner in the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition. Her solo album, Versailles,
features her own arrangements of music from the French Baroque, and she is the author of Ornamentation According to CPE Bach & JJ
Quantz. Kris holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University, and she is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Cellist, Nancy Kim is a tenured member of the Monterey Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College in
Ohio and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
Guitarist, Steve Lin is a winner of the Boston GuitarFest Competition, winner of the East Carolina Guitar Competition, and finalist in the
Taiwan International Guitar Competition. His albums, Eliot Fisk Series Volumn 1 and Imagen, are available from VGo Recordings. Steve
earned a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the New England
Conservatory of Music under Eliot Fisk. Steve is also a founding member of the Boston Guitar Project.
Kris Palmer, Flute
Nancy Kim, Cello
Steve Lin, Guitar
“A curious trio explores a path less
trod...mysterious and penetrating low
notes of alto flute, then notes that
began explosively and tapered into
whispers, defined by spaced chords
of guitar...the low liquid gurgle of
flute with soft scumbling of guitar; a
dark density of harshly scrubbed
cello with the metallic spangle of
sharply plucked guitar notes; high
bird-calls on wooden flute and low
cello whispers...Palmer used alto
flute, but fought its classical tuning
with bent notes and hoarse edges,
and rolled the flute in for a rich and
chesty sound that sometimes broke
up an octave...Her inward
directedness seemed even more
focused against a backdrop of slowly
spaced guitar arpeggios...Lin played
the guitar almost as if it were a
samisen, with sharply etched attacks
and bent notes...The piece certainly
worked, and that, powerfully.”
"They bring a solid academic
foundation to their
performances...Black Cedar brought
performance talents to the Noontime
Concerts recital series at Old St.
Mary's Cathedral...Palmer performed
Blavet's Sonata on her wood flute,
taking advantage of its
period-appropriate sonorities under
the control of a modern key system.
Lin provided the continuo with
sensitivity...The overall result was a
delightful introduction to early
repertoire, presented with
on modern instruments." - The San
Thanks, Berkeley Times and Repeat Performances for the great
review of our Subterranean Arthouse concert this summer!
Black Cedar performs live on-air Sunday, November 3, 2013 at
2PM on KKUP 91.5.
Catch us in the South Bay at the Foothill Presbyterian Church
Music Series on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3PM.