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From the Studio: The Michal Palzewicz Trio

Three-piece performs and discusses their blend of modern, folk and classical music

Ahead of their upcoming Idaho gigs this weekend, Reed Bentley, Michal Palzewicz and Dan Sherrill of the Michal Palzewicz Trio stopped into the Spokane Public Radio performance space to talk to E.J. Iannelli and play songs from their growing repertoire.

The group combines elements of folk, classical and modern music. They first coalesced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival when Palzewicz (cello, violin), Sherrill (guitar, banjo) and Bentley (percussion, steel pan) found themselves performing together. The pandemic halted their early touring plans, but they quickly began writing and recording both instrumental and vocal songs.

During the interview, Palzewicz shared his personal history with Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski as well as details about his classical background. Bentley and Sherrill talked about the mutual songwriting process and the group dynamic.

The MPT performed three songs as part of their in-studio session: "Galloping Stallion," "New American Flag" and "Hilda."

They will be performing at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint on Friday (Feb. 17) and the Honey Eatery & Social Club in Coeur d'Alene on Saturday (Feb. 18). They'll be back at the Sandpoint Music Conservatory on Sunday (Feb. 19) for a songwriting workshop.

More details about those dates and their music are available at the trio's website.

Incidentally, E.J. Iannelli lost his voice to laryngitis last week. We thank listeners for their patience and understanding as he slowly recovers it.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director