A totally original voice in contemporary music, Trio Globo has a palpable, collaborative energy that can only be described as “combustible spontaneity.” With roots in jazz, classical and sacred music, the threesome meshes and mashes these disparate genres with world music rhythms. The result is a wholly unique sound style—both evocative and fresh.
During their visit to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Mark McCoy sat down with members of the group, including percussionist, Glen Velez, harmonica player, pianist, Howard Levy and singer and special guest Loire to find out more about the group’s collaborative process and the origins of their unique sound. The group also provided some sound professional advice for aspiring professional musicians.
On which came first the harmonica or the piano:
Howard Levy: “It’s hard to carry a piano in your pocket…and I also fell in love with the sound of the blues…the piano was such a machine and holding this tiny instrument and breathing life into it, it’s so flexible and you can bend notes and be so expressive.”
On how the group explores new sounds:
Glen Velez: “We’re always looking for some new dynamic or new color or way they combine. And because we have so many choices, you know, there’s always something new that emerges from our experiments.”
On what advice they would give young musicians today:
Howard Levy: “Once you’re bitten by the music bug, it’s really hard to be a civilian after that. In all seriousness, if you like doing anything else more, at all, you shouldn’t be a musician. You should do that other thing because it’s so challenging to dedicate your life to music…you really have to have tremendous belief in what you’re doing. There should be no option in your mind.”
Loire: “For me it’s always been a personal journey of self-development and continuing to be devoted to that aspect of life, because being introspective about whom you are in this world is…there’s no separation between that and yourself as a musician.”
On how touring can make better musicians:
Howard Levy: “I’ve done bus tours where I’ve played 22 gigs in 25 days and slept on the bus like three quarters of the time. Sometimes, the more difficult situations get you to discover things in your playing that you wouldn’t discover if you were just, you know, comfortably sleeping in your bed at night.”