Photo Credit: Pascal Perich LONGLEASH (violin, cello, piano) is a group with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music with unusual sonic beauty, an inventive streak, and a truthful cultural voice, Longleash extends a love of classical chamber musicianship to the interpretation of contemporary music, crafting performances that are both dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy. Longleash balances a full performing schedule with commissioning and recording projects and the trio’s own summer festival, The Loretto Project (KY). Recent and upcoming concerts include appearances at EMPAC (Troy, NY), the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany (NYC), The Kaufman Center, Center for New Music (CA) and the Green Music Center (CA). The trio takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a recently declassified CIA operation designed to disseminate the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.