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Swara Sonora thanks everyone for their support during our successful
Peace Tour to Indonesia.

Read about our performances, teaching, and collaborations on our blog

The Swara Sonora Trio, an innovative and vibrant group of musicians, takes their name from two different cultures that reflect their origin and inspiration. Swara is an Indonesian word meaning
sounds and Sonora refers to the Sonoran Desert, where the city of Tucson, their original home base, is located. The Trio first came together in 2004, when Indonesian-born pianist Aryo Wicaksono, soprano Kathryn Mueller, and baritone Nathan Krueger were assigned as teaching partners in the Tucson Unified School District's Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) program, an extension of their work as
graduate students at the University of Arizona. They soon discovered a shared vision for new music and imaginative programming, and begin performing as a trio.

In 2006, they expanded their

perspective and commissioned a new work, "Love & Variations," by prominent Indonesian composer Ananda Sukarlan. After the world premiere of "Love & Variations" in April of 2007, the Trio undertook an ambitious project to bring Ananda Sukarlan's piece to Indonesia. Their efforts resulted in a three-week tour of Indonesia in August 2009. The Trio performed in four cities on the islands of Java and Bali, culminating with a performance with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra that celebrated Indonesian Independence Day and was broadcast throughout Indonesia. The proceeds from the tour benefited programs for children in Indonesia through UNICEF Indonesia, and throughout the world through the Rotary Club International END Polio Campaign.

In addition to their appearances in Indonesia, they have performed across Southern Arizona and Mexico and recently made their Pittsburgh Debut on the Joan Chambers Concert Series. The Trio’s profile has been featured in publications in the United States, and their media interviews and live performances have been broadcast internationally through Metro TV Morning News Edition, Bali Vision News, Radio Arts Indonesia, Radio Spain Camargo-Madrid, and the Voice of America Radio Network.

With a goal of infusing the repertoire with innovative new music, The Swara Sonora Trio is committed to commissioning music from up-and-coming young composers. The Trio also gives chamber music a fresh and modern twist by uniting different artistic disciplines and exploring multi-cultural themes. Members of the Trio all have successful solo careers, in a variety of musical styles and outlets.


Corporate Peace Tour Sponsors

Institut Seni Indonesia

Rotary Club of Bali Taman

Surabaya Symphony Orchestra

Blue Fin Villas, Bali





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