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Revien Trio heads home to Piedmont College for concert
The Revien Trio, from left, including Phil Snyder, Brian Smith and Kyle Dawkins, will perform Jan. 15 at Piedmont College.

“Revien” means “to return” and that is what two members of the Revien Trio will do when they perform in an upcoming concert at Piedmont College.

For members Phil Snyder and Kyle Dawkins, the concert will be a homecoming of sorts as both taught music at Piedmont.

The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today in the college’s chapel at 992 Central Ave. in Demorest.

While the Revien Trio is a contemporary chamber ensemble, all three are members of the acclaimed Georgia Guitar Quartet. In the Trio, Snyder performs on cello, while Dawkins and Brian Smith play guitar and electronics. All three are graduates of the University of Georgia School of Music. The trio also embraces the classical repertoire while drawing energy from rock and pop music as well.

Playing in a collection of Athens bands for 17 years together, the trio is equally at home in rock and chamber music lineups, and creates a compelling program for audiences, incorporating modern tech and prepared enhancements on their instruments. Audience members may hear guitars and cello used as percussion, or guitar strings fitted with found objects to sound more like a sitar or an Indonesian gamelan, for instance.

The trio is regularly featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” with their rendition of Grizzly Bear’s “Foreground” remaining an audience favorite. As accomplished composers, the members also have written a number works incorporated into the programs. A forthcoming February album consists of all original compositions by the members.

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