Coming attractions: 3 Leg Torso coming up in Pistol River

Triplicate Staff

The fiery and virtuosic bohemian world music ensemble 3 Leg Torso is coming to the Pistol River Friendship Hall, and tickets are on sale now.

The Pistol River concert will be Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m.

The ensemble is a three-time winner of the Portland Music Award for "Outstanding Achievement in World Music." Its past two CDs, Astor in Paris, and Animals and Cannibals, have both won "Album of the Year" from The Oregonian newspaper and Portland Music Awards, respectively.

3 Leg Torso creates modern gypsy chamber pop music infused with the authenticity of folk music, the passion of world music, the precision of chamber music and the enthusiasm of rock 'n' roll. Utne Reader describes it as "passionately sophisticated music."

Tickets cost $15 and are available at Wright's Custom Framing in Brookings and at Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets may also be reserved online at www.pistolriver.com or by calling 541-247-2848.

Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, 3 Leg Torso's cosmopolitan musical style flaunts wit and humor while holding true to the tenets that its music should be laced with sublime and uncommon beauty. A 3 Leg Torso concert takes the listener on a musical travelogue equally embracing the high energy of pop/rock, the complex structures of chamber music, and the improvisational qualities of jazz.

Since the ensemble's start more than 14 years ago with spontaneous street performances - called "Meestering" by co-founders Bandeacute;la R. Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle andshy;- it has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.

The cinematic nature of many of the ensemble's compositions has paved the way for its inclusion in films by Academy Award winner Joan Gratz, Morgan Spurlock, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, Teller (Penn and Teller), and others. Plympton's latest film, "Idiots and Angels," features three 3 Leg Torso songs.

Ensemble members include Bandeacute;la R. Balogh on violin, Courtney Von Drehleon accordion, T.J. Arko and Gary Irvine on drums and Mike Murphy on bass.

For more information about the group, go to www.3legtorso.com .

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