What: Neave Trio

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wille Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend

Cost: $42, $10 students and children

Contact: info@HighDesertChamberMusic.com or 541-306-3988

High Desert Chamber Music continues its 2018-19 season when it hosts the Bend debut of Boston-based piano ensemble the Neave Trio on Saturday at Wille Hall in Bend.

Formed in 2010, the trio features violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura, who named their group after the daughter of an ardent supporter of their music. The girl’s name is actually “Niamh,” a Gaelic word pronounced “Neave” that means “radiant” or “bright,” according to the group’s website.

Veselov knew Williams from graduate school at the Longy School of Music at Bard College, then met Nakamura at a music festival, Veselov said.

“We (were looking) for a pianist, and Eri happened to be there,” Veselov said. “We loved her playing and her personality, and we sort of had the trial rehearsal and talked a bit, and we clicked right away.” The three are on the faculty at Longy School of Music as Ensemble-in-Residence. In addition to its teaching and touring schedules, Neave Trio has seen fit to release three albums in fairly close succession: “American Moments” (2016), “French Moments” (June 2018) and “Celebrating Piazzolla” (November 2018).

As their titles suggest, the first two records feature works by American and French composers, respectively, while the most recent comprises the trio’s take on works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, whose “Las Cuatro Esaciones Porteñas,” or “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” is on the Wille Hall concert program.

“Piazzola was just an incredible sort of cross-genre artist. He was a classically trained composer, but being from Argentina, he obviously was pretty much exposed his entire life to tango,” Veselov said. “What he did, he essentially started a genre of nuevo tango, and that was taking the tango music out of the clubs and bringing it to concert stages, sort of making it more complex in some ways. It still has the guts and character of tango, and it’s very approachable, but it has more sort of jazz and classical harmonies. … It’s really beautiful music.”

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor is also on the program along with Debussy’s Piano Trio in G Major, the latter from the group’s first album released last year, “French Moments.”

“On that CD, there’s also trio (Piano Trio in D Minor) by Fauré, and really a gem of a piece is trio (Piano Trio in E-Flat Major) by Roussel that is very little known and rarely performed, but it’s a really beautiful piece,” Veselov said.

“French Moments” was recorded in England, where the group plans to return late this spring to record an album of tunes by female composers, including Piano Trio by British composer Rebecca Clarke.

“It’s really a masterpiece,” Veselov said. “I think it needs to be played and heard more. So I’m really happy that we’re recording that one.”

22229314