The influential music magazine CMJ described 3 Leg Torso thusly: “All the beauty of Astor Piazzolla’s music and all the spunk of Kronos Quartet’s.”
If you know those two artists, you know what a compliment that is. If you don’t, just know that Piazzolla was the master of “nuevo tango” music, and the Kronos Quartet has, over the past three decades, redefined the boundaries of contemporary classical music.
In the world of cosmopolitan chamber-pop, you’d be hard-pressed to pay a band a higher compliment.
But 3 Leg Torso rates such praise. The band, from Portland, takes an array of influences — from Latin and klezmer to classical, jazz and tango — and produces a sound that’s equally fun and impressive. You can learn all about them at www.3legtorso.com.
For a couple days, the band is in town to educate the public, local schoolchildren and students at the Cascade Community School of Music through CCSM’s “Musicians In Motion” series.
At 10 a.m. Saturday morning, 3 Leg Torso will conduct a public workshop called “From Old to New” at the school, located at 2150 Studio Road in Bend. It’s open to all ages and free, but registration is required. Visit www.ccschoolofmusic.org to register.
Saturday night is the band’s chance to take off their teaching hats and show off their considerable chops, while also raising much-needed funds for CCSM.
3 Leg Torso ; 7 p.m. Saturday; $18 for adults, $6.50 for children 14 and younger, available through the Tower at 541-317-0700 or www.tower theatre.org; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; 541-382-6866 or www .ccschoolofmusic.org.
— Ben Salmon