Ventura Music Festival

Simply Three

Classical Pop

Saturday, July 22, 8:00 pm
Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA

Zack Clark
Nick Villalobos
Glen McDaniel


The electrifying trio known as Simply Three has been captivating audiences globally with high-octane performances since 2010. Critics praise their ability to impress listeners with a multitude of genres that span from Puccini and Gershwin to artists such as Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson. By reshaping convention through this style of genre hopping, the trio seeks the true essence of classical crossover with original works as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.

With an ever-growing online popularity, Simply Three is creating a renewed excitement for instrumental music through inventive music videos that have captured the hearts of millions of YouTube viewers across the world.

Simply Three has old school training but a new school sound. Their quest to look beyond the scope of possibility has led them to collaborate with some of the world’s most creative musicians including Kellindo Parker (Janelle Monáe), Alyson Stoner and Jeff Smith (M-Pact) in hopes of creating a fresh new genesis for string playing.

Zack Clark began playing the cello in the fourth grade. In 2005 he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with world-renowned cello pedagogue Richard Aaron. Zack has played with the Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest and National Repertory and Musica Nova Orchestras. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a degree in cello performance, studying with Thomas Landschoot.

Nicholas Villalobos took up the bass at age 11 under Barry Olson, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra's principal bass. As a soloist, Nicholas has performed concertos with the Phoenix and Tempe Symphonies and Scottsdale Baroque, Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Sphinx Symphony Orchestras. In 2012 he graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in bass performance studying under world-renowned bass soloist Catalin Rotaru. Nicholas has also been selected as one of the newest Eastman Strings’ Artists.

Glen McDaniel joined the group in 2014 as its multi-faced violinist. As a classical recitalist he's performed across the U.S. and Europe with many renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman and the Ying and ENSO Quartets. In the pop world he's toured with Janelle Monáe's ArchOrchestra, performing in the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo and Ron Howard's documentary film about Jay-Z's music festival Made in America.

Simply Three has produced six CDs including Two Worlds Collide, Spectrum, and Simply Three (Vol., 1, 2 & 3) and many digital downloads including Chained to the Rhythm, Maverick, Heathens, Wildest Dreams, Photograph, Latch, Wake Me Up, Sing, Somewhere Only We Know and Counting Stars available on Amazon, iTunes and its website

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