Time for Three (Tf3) is a classically-trained string trio that explores a variety of musical genres. The members of the group are Nick Kendall and Nikki Chooi (violins) and Ranaan Meyer (double bass). Because of their eclectic musical tastes, ranging from classical to bluegrass to rock to jazz to hip-hop, and their usual casual dress, even while performing at Carnegie Hall, the group refers to itself as a "classically trained garage band."
The members of Time for Three met while students at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Initially, they discovered a mutual interest in bluegrass and country fiddling, and Meyer added jazz and improvization to the mix as the three were "...playing together for fun..." Kendall and DePue were performing as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra when a thunderstorm knocked out the electricity. As electricians scurried to remedy the problem, they stepped up and played an acoustic jam session in the dark. The impromptu session's folk and country selections sparked interest in their eclectic work with Meyer and led to the trio becoming a professional unit.
The original members of the group were Nick Kendall and Zachary DePue (violins) and Ranaan Meyer (double bass). DePue is the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and in the summer of 2015, he decided to leave Tf3 and dedicate his full time to the orchestra. He was replaced by Canadian violin virtuoso Nikki Chooi, who, like the three original members, is also an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music. Chooi had previously substituted for DePue.
Since becoming a formal performance ensemble in 2003, Time for Three has appeared alone and with symphonic and chamber orchestras all across the U.S.A. and in Europe. Tf3 has also played such diverse venues as Yoshi's (jazz club), Indianapolis Colts games, the Indianapolis 500, and on the aircraft carrier museum ship USS Intrepid (CV-11) in New York Harbor.
Time for Three entered into a three year term as the first artists-in-residence with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and currently continue that residency, performing with and away from the orchestra and developing programs to widen the orchestra's appeal in the local community.
The trio are such frequently featured artists on NPR that they have their own Tf3 webpage there.
As a part of their educational outreach, Tf3 produced an anti-bullying video performing the Kanye West/Daft Punk song Stronger which was released on YouTube and was featured on CNN and The Huffington Post.
The group self-produced two CD albums which sold more than 20,000 copies before signing with E1 Music and releasing 3 Fervent Travelers in 2010. 3 Fervent Travelers debuted in the Billboard Crossover Charts Top 10 and remained there for more than 10 months.
The group signed with Universal Music Classics, and Time For Three was released in June of 2014. The group's fourth album includes performances with guest performers Joshua Radin, Alisa Weilerstein, Branford Marsalis, Lily & Madeleine, and Jake Shimabukuro.
In order to widen its repertoire, Tf3 has been commissioning new musical works for their unique instrumentation and orchestra.
Concerto 4-3, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon was premiered with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach in 2008. It has been performed dozens of times with other orchestras, including a recorded performance with the Fort Worth Symphony in 2012, and a 2013 performance with the Baltimore Symphony at Carnegie Hall.,
Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck debuted in 2010 and was commissioned by the trio and a group of ten orchestras, including the Boston Pops and the Youngstown Symphony.,
The third work in the series is Games and Challenges by Pulitzer winner William Bolcom. It was commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony and premiered in 2013.,
It was announced in June, 2014 that Tf3 will be recorded in performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for airing on PBS. Additionally, during 2014 and 2015, the group will be making five music videos of tunes from their latest album, which was released on June 24, 2014.
On November 17, 2014, Tf3 performed "Blame" on the semifinals of ABC's Dancing with the Stars for dancers Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.