3 Leg Torso ‘Animals & Cannibals’
Host Dmae Roberts presents the founders of the popular Portland group, 3 Leg Torso, Bela Belogh & Courtney Von Drehle. The original ‘meester’ street performers have turnedÂ 3 Leg Torso into a world class eclectic band. They present pieces from their hit CD “Animals & Cannibals” and talk about their longtime collaboration that began in the 90s. How does a band endure? Find out with this fun chat with 3 Leg Torso!
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Balogh (violin and trumpet) and Von Drehle (accordion) began as street musicians. They called their performances ‘Meestering’ and developed a unique style that mixed Argentine tango with Klezmer and Hungarian music.
Dmae profiled the band in 1999 for NPR’sÂ All Things Considered.Â Â Since that time, 3 Leg Torso has grown into a five-member ensemble. The group has composed music for two films by Academy Award-winning animator Joan Gratz. They’ve scored United Nations funded documentary about AIDS in Thailand. Von Drehle was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Film Composers Lab. The band also been commissioned twice by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) to create new full-length works.
In his review of “Animals & Cannibals,”the Oregonian’s David Stabler wrote: “3 Leg stands out from other bands for a particular blend of soulful and driving beats enriched by harmony and humor…”
Listen to cuts and conversation with 3 Leg Torso and heck out their Fall schedule ofÂ concerts here!
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