“I believe,” says Gary Kulesha, “that it is an artist’s duty to help audiences explore contemporary experience. We must speak about our world, not the world of the past, and we must speak in a language that can encompass the incredible range of emotions we experience. We live in a world that seems to oscillate wildly between violence and frustration, and compassion and tenderness. I want my music to speak to all these things.”
The Trio No. 2 is cast in a traditional fast-slow-fast three-movement form. The first movement of this piece combines a fleeting, unsettled music with jagged and obsessive “head-banging” rhythms. The second movement is very lyrical, a flowing song tinged with sadness. The third movement is a true paean to the contemporary world, and is deeply influenced by rhythm ‘n’ blues pop music.