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Thu, May 09


Merrimans' Playhouse


Our Chamber Arts Series presents W4RP with a set of their genre-hopping original music alongside their renditions of some jazz classics.

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Time & Location

May 09, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $12 General/$6 Student. Concert is one long set. End time is approximately 9:00 pm.

Our Chamber Arts Series presents W4RP with a set of their genre-hopping original music alongside their renditions of some jazz classics.




“Every chamber music program needs this kind of energy. While the beginning and ending compositions by Haydn and Brahms provided expected pleasures, it was the Warp Trio’s own jazz/tango/classical works that gave the concert a kick in the pants.”


Mikael Darmanie - piano

Josh Henderson – violin/viola

Ju Young Lee – cello

Rick Martinez – drums/percussion

Described as "A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music” (Columbia Free Times), W4RP (né Warp Trio) is an Internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard trained members juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one of a kind trio ensemble can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops with students from grade school through university level.

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, W4RP has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, in addition to tours throughout The United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include, headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, and the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, being featured guests at the 2020 MASA Jazz Festival in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Canadian debut at The Vancouver Island Music Festival, a tour of an original Triple Concerto with the ensemble Palaver Strings, a World-premiere of their work for the ensemble, narrator and full orchestra, “Brother Yasuke: The True Story of the Afro-Samurai”, and the Sold-Out World premiere of their Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Symphony Orchestra with the New York City based Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. They have been one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and in the 2020 season, they were the recipients of the Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward and Classical Commissioning grants. In 2023-24, they are looking forward to appearances at the Moab Music Festival, debuts with the Louisville Community Orchestra and Harlem Chamber Players, and the recording of their third studio album.

Their education work has led them to numerous Colleges and Universities where they have presented their original workshops and masterclasses in improvisation and creative music making. Recent highlights include, the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, U.K.), James Madison University, The North Carolina School of the Arts, Cal State LA, University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and SUNY Binghamton, among many others.

Individually, the W4RP members hold degrees in performance from the Juilliard School, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and New York University. The beneficiaries of an incredibly diverse range of education, among the ensemble, they have received chamber music training from members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson, and La Salle Quartets as well as jazz instruction from figures such as Ray Anderson, Tony Moreno, Dave Pietro, and Mike Richmond.

Pianist Mikael Darmanie has performed through­out the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean playing the role of soloist, chamber mus­ician, and orchestral conductor. Festival ap­pearances include Pianofest in the Hamptons, Art of Piano Festival, and L’Academie de Mus­ique de Sion (Switzerland). Mikael has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Jean Yes Thibaudet, Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalich­stein, and Menahem Pressler. As a chamber musician, he won First Prize in the North Carolina MTNA Chamber Music Comp­etition (with the Transverse Trio), has performed at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as part of the Apple Hill Fellowship Trio, and in 2010, he performed in programs of Brazilian and French music for violin and piano at Lincoln Center Institute’s Kenan Fellowship perfor­mance series. In 2012, he performed on the Taft Museum of Art Chamber Music Series (Cin­cinnati) with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Josh Henderson is enjoying a multi-faceted career as a cross-genre violinist, violist, and composer. As a classical soloist, he has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, China Performing Arts Broadcasting Troupe, Starling Chamber Orchestra, Accent X Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Bard Conductors Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Virtuosi, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Contemporaneous, New-Gen Orchestra of Curacao, Ensemble Du Monde, the CCM Showcase Orchestra and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and The Forbidden City Concert Hall of Beijing.

Carving out a reputation in Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Country-Fiddle for his dynamic performances, he has served as music director for the Emmy award-winning Damien Escobar (of Nuttin’ But Stringz), and in this role has performed at a number of events across the globe including a performance at the 2013 Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball hosted by Russell Simmons and honoring Barack Obama. Other band-leader positions include serving as music director to pop singer Zahra Universe on her South Korean tour, and to the spoken word artist LikWUid Stylez. A sought after freelance musician in New York City, Josh has performed, recorded, and collaborated with popular artists such as Chris Brown, Bilal, Solange, The Sugar Hill Gang, David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Love, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Palmer, Mirah, Amine, Angel Olsen, Jherek Bischoff, and members of bands such as “Beirut”, “Deer Hoof”, “Blue Oyster Cult”, and “The Eagles”. Josh studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus, and at New York University with Prof. Naoko Tanaka. He is on the Faculty at NYU and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

Korean American cellist, Ju Young Lee, has captivated audiences through Asia, Europe, and North and South America with his passionate and intelligent music making. Mr. Lee has given masterclasses and concerts in hundreds of colleges and universities in all 50 states no less, his musicality is no stranger to any corner of the globe. Currently Mr. Lee is the founder and a cellist of Warp Trio. Principal cellist of Core Ensemble and Guest Principal cellist with the Cape Symphony. Mr. Lee is in demand as of recording artist and performer of Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Country Music albums, and performs internationally with the Emmy-Award winning Damien Escobar and his quartet, including performances at the 2013 Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball honoring Barack Obama.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, trained under David Soyer and Joel Krosnick. Previously with Felix Wang from the Vanderbilt University.

New York City drummer, percussionist, and composer, Rick Martinez is enjoying a diverse career fusing together and performing countless different genres and styles. Having studied classical Percussion in his youth at Baltimore’s prestigious Peabody Conservatory, he has performed as principal timpanist with the Peabody Youth Sinfonietta, percussion and timpanist at Tanglewood music festival and has also performed in the Berklee World Percussion Festival among others. Rick holds a degree in jazz performance from New York University, and has had the privilege of studying with jazz greats as well as pillars in classical percussion including Tony Moreno, Wayne Krantz, Mike Richmond, Dave, Pietro, Tim Genis, Jonathan Haas, John Hadfield, Martin Wind and Dafnis Prieto.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024 seasons). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons). The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

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