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José Antonio Zayas Cabán {Trés}

Minneapolis, MN      

{Trés} started as a collaborative project by José Antonio Zayas Cabán and Colin Young, with the purpose of creating transcriptions for the ensemble (2 saxophones and piano) to perform. The trio has since performed chamber music by a wide range of composers (Villa Lobos, Fanny Mendelssohn, Poulenc, J.S. Bach, and Glinka) in Central America, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.

Recently, {Trés} finished a national tour titled A Tribute to Puerto Rico that was partly devoted to help raise funds and awareness about Puerto Rico and the island’s efforts to recover from Hurricanes Irma and María.  This has now led to our 2019 project, our first annual multi-week residency in Puerto Rico.

As recipients of the 2019 New Music USA Project Grant,  José and {Trés} are beginning collaborations with composers such as MacArthur and Guggenheim Award recipient Miguel Zenón, Brooklyn-based Angelica Negrón, Illinois-based Carlos Carrillo, and Dublin, Ireland-based Amanda Feery, {Trés} will bring free concerts – that will include new music – to low income communities across the island.

As a concert saxophonist and pedagogue, José A. Zayas Cabán has presented performances and taught master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and North America. Beyond the Tribute to Puerto Rico tour, as a native Puerto Rican (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) and member of an underserved (Latino) community,  José has developed other non-traditional projects, allowing him and his collaborators to address our concerns about current events. Of these projects, two of them have been collaborations with Princeton University based composers Shelley Washington and Gemma Peacocke, and the subsequent recordings of Skin and Big Talk. Skin, for alto saxophone and electronics, is a work that considers the disparity individuals experience based on the color of their skin and Big Talk, a duo for two Baritone Saxophones, is, in effect, an open letter to those who tolerate, or take part in, discrimination and harassment that asks them to cease and desist, and a refusal to accept or normalize these acts.

Located in the Twin Cities area, Casey Rafn currently holds positions at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and is the pianist for the Bloomington Chorale. An award winning performer and active freelancer, his upcoming season includes performances in Switzerland, Uruguay, and Shell Lake, WI. Originally from Two Harbors, MN, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The University of Iowa studying under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.

Colin Young is a concert saxophonist and educator living near Des Moines, Iowa. An active solo and chamber musician, Colin performs regularly with the piano trio {Trés} which performed in Costa Rica, Mexico City as well as throughout the United States. He also performs with the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Concert and Big Band as well a the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra and has recently played with the Minnesota Orchestra. As a member of the saxophone quartet Axius, Colin won prizes at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition. Colin currently serves on the faculties of Drake University and Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa. As a soloist, Colin has given guest recitals and masterclasses across the United States. Colin is a Yamaha Performing Artist as well as a Rousseau Mouthpiece artist.

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