was formed in 1994 as a duo originally named Dos
Pete Devine and bassist Mike Vogelmann, band mates in a bar band that had
just broken up, decided to stay together as a duo to play instrumental
covers of songs they liked irrespective of style or era. The musical
format of the new duo came into focus when they covered a Bossa Nova piece
by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Pete was able to use his training in the
classical guitar and also improvise in a jazz context and Mike found a
perfect vehicle for his very musical, supportive bass playing. They
learned several Bossa Nova compositions by Jobim and other composers such
as Luiz Bonfa and Kenny Dorham in addition to playing unique, cool
arrangements of jazz, pop and r+b tunes. Pete also wrote several originals
for the new duo. All the tunes had the stamp of the very original sound
that Dos Nova was creating. They wanted to include a
drummer/percussionist to the band but as they searched for the right
musician to fill that post they used a drum machine to add the rhythmic
groove: a compromise at best. Dos Nova played at cafes, bookstores,
art galleries, bars, restaurants and private engagements for two years.
They recorded a CD, "Club Soda", and developed a loyal following.
At this point
Pete asked drummer Bill Marconi, with whom he taught at an area music
school, to sit in on a gig. Bill loved the music and his percussive style
of drumming instantly clicked with the band. Dos Nova became
Trio Nova and the drum machine was tossed. With the addition
of Bill the band refined its sound, become more exploratory musically and more empathic
as a unit. They recorded a second CD, "Parallel Lines",
which is still selling well at gigs and on internet music sites such as www.cdbaby.com
and www.itsaboutmusic.com .
In 2004 Kris Rudzinski was brought in to sub for Bill Marconi while Bill
was recovering from surgery. The group then decided to add Kris as a
fourth member playing congas and percussion. In 2005 Bill left the band to
concentrate on teaching and pursue other projects. Upon Bill's departure,
Kris has become the bands full time drummer/percussionist.
unique sound is comprised of a combination of the instrumental,
fingerstyle guitar arrangements by Pete that he plays mainly on the
electric classical guitar, Mikes tasteful, toneful bass playing and Kris'
rock solid drumming that combines his experience with jazz, rock and
classical music. Their repertoire is vast and varied enough to be able to play to
any room, event or concert. They play Bossa Nova, jazz, pop and originals
all with a cool, groovin style that is entirely their own.
composer Pete Devine has played in jazz, rock and reggae bands on the east
coast and Midwest for twenty years. He also performs on the solo classical
guitar. He has studied at Ithaca College, Glassboro State and Rowan
University and has degrees in performance and music education. Hes an
established guitar instructor and is on staff at the Haddonfield School of
Performing Arts, the Rowan Campus School of the Arts and at his private
studio. Hes proud to be from New Jersey and drives a used G.M. sedan.
Vogelmann is one of the most, if not THE most, established bass players on
the Philly original rock scene. Hes played with Ken Kweder, The Front
Street Runners, Philly folkie Peter Stone Brown, and toured the U.S. and
Europe with Ben Vaughan. Besides playing with Trio-Nova, he also plays in
Del Pez, a Philadelphia based rock and roll band. Hes, in addition, a
certified computer tech and drives a Subaru station wagon.
Rudzinski is a freelance
drummer and percussionist in the Philadelphia region.
He has performed with several
orchestras including The
The Philadelphia Chamber
Chorus, The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey
and several others. He has also played in
the pit orchestras for several musicals. Kris has studied percussion with Dean Witten, Dr. William
Albin, and steel drum with Dr. Chris Tanner.
In addition to performing in the classical music realm, Kris has
also been active on the popular music scene as well.
played with veteran horn band
Fire & Ice
and toured with Joanne Farrell.
received his Bachelors degree
in percussion studies
at Rowan University and
his Masterís degree
at Miami University.
Mr. Rudzinski is a faculty
member at Settlement Music School in Phila., Pa., teaching drum set and
percussion since 2001. He
drives a pickup truck that fits his entire rig in the cab.
Its fair to
say that Trio Nova have a sound and a style that is theirs alone. The
fusion of styles and instrumentation is hard to describe adequately in a
word or sentence. Just go and see them play. Their eclectic approach to
their repertoire is, as one fan described it, Tres Cool.
thanks to Darren Parnagian for the art.
Click here to watch 'em play
thanks to Dan Cole for the moving gif animation.