Upcoming shows - 2019
August 23, Friday!

7:30pm, Regattabar Jazz Club
International String Trio - New Program and the Old Hits!
Please come to our long anticipated performance on the East Coast!
Int'l String Trio:
Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Rob Flax - violin; Max Ridley - bass; 
Special guests: 
Tucker Antell - saxophones
Ethan Setiawan - mandolin
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel; 
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA
Harvard T Stop @ Red Line

To Learn More about the Show CLICK HERE

To Reserve your tickets CLICK HERE

August 25, Sunday:

Show Time: 4:00pm
Sundays on the Hill Concerts,
Weston VT


Upcoming shows - 2018
June 2, Saturday!
7:30pm, Regattabar Jazz Club
International String Trio - New Program and the Old Hits!
Please come to our long anticipated performance on the East Coast!
Int'l String Trio:
Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Jakub Trasak - violin; Max Ridley - bass; 
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel; 
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA
Harvard T Stop @ Red Line
To Learn More about the Show CLICK HERE

To Reserve your tickets CLICK HERE

April 21, Saturday:

Arts Under The Dome
7pm show
First United Methodist Church
2301 15th St.  (corner of 24th Ave.)
Gulfport, MS 39501
To Learn More about the Show CLICK HERE

Ausgust 10, Friday:
Musikfest Festival 2018
3.15pm show - Volkplatz Stage
7.30pm show - Old Chapel Stage
25 W. Third Str, Bethlehem, PA
To Learn More about the Show CLICK HERE

August 12, Sunday:

Show Time: 4:00pm
Sundays on the Hill Concerts,
Weston VT


Valinor Quartet and  International String Trio North West Tour 2018!

February 24, Strd
Show starting time: 6.30pm
Panida Theater
300 North 1st Avenue, 
Sandpoint, ID 83864 

February 25, Snd
Alpine Artisans Concert Series
Show starting time: 3pm
Seeley Swan High School 
456 Airport Road., Seely Lake, MT

February 26, Monday
2 School Outreach at SSHS: 
10:45am-11:30am informal performance for 
Swan Valley and Seeley Lake Elementary; 
1pm-1:45pm informal performance for SSHS. 

February 28, Wednesday
Recording and Video Production session
at Avast Studio in Seattle, WA

March 1, Thursday
Egan's Ballard Jam House
Show starting time: 9pm;
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107
$18 Cover, Space is limited!
For reservations please email:

March 2, Friday 
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Show starting time: 8pm
508 S Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843

March 3, Saturday
Sun Meadow Resort
Show starting time: 8pm
30400 S. Sunray Trl, 
Worley, ID 83876

March 4, Sunday
The Paradise Center, 
Show starting time: 3.30pm
2 School House Hill Road, 
Paradise,  MT 59856

March 5, Monday
School Outreach - 1.45pm
Plains High School, 
412 Rittenour Street, Plains, MT 59859

March 6, Tuesday
Show for Billings Brain Injury Support Group
Show starting time: 7.30pm
Mayflower Congregational Church
2940 Poly Drive, Billings, MT  59102

March 8, Thursday
Concert and student outreach at the 
Johnson Auditorium
501 North Grand Street, Chariton, IA 50049
Student Outreach time - 2:20pm
Show starting time - 7.30pm

March 10, Saturday 
Dwight D Miller Auditorium, HS
Show starting time: 3.00pm
200 9th St NE, Watertown, SD 57201

March 11, Sunday 
Crouch Auditorium, 
Show starting time: 7.00pm
15 Stampede St, Newcastle, WY

Upcoming concerts on the East Coast in 2017!

July 14, Friday!
7:30pm, Regattabar Jazz Club
International String Trio - New Program and the Old Hits!
Please come to our long anticipated performance on the East Coast!
Int'l String Trio:
Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Jakub Trasak - violin; Max Ridley - bass; 
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel; 
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA
Harvard T Stop @ Red Line
To learn more about the show click here
To make a reservation click here

July 9, 2017
Show Time: 4:00pm
Sundays on the Hill Concerts,
Weston VT


June 16, 2017
Bay Chamber Concerts
Union Hall,
24 Central St.,
Rockport, ME
Show time: 6pm

Learn more about it here:

February 23, 2017, 
San Jose Winter Jazz Festival
International String Trio With Emily Day (Vocals)
72 N.5TH ST, SAN JOSE , CA.95112
It will be one of a kind performance! 
Star line up that includes Ben Powell, Greg Feingold and Emily Day!
Learn more about it here:
Find tickets here:

January 28, 2017
MPAC Artist Conference
Mansfield Performance Arts Center
2 Park Drive, 
Great Falls, MT
Learn more about it here:

March 25, 2017
SPL Concerts
1411 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726

Show Time: 7pm
Learn more about it here:

November 4, Friday
7pm, Burren Club in Somerville
Burren Backroom Series
247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Many of our East Coast fans kept telling me that we should pick better nights (weekends preferred) to play our shows. Hoorray! We did! We are inviting everybody to this AWSOME club on FRIDAY night.
Reserve your tickets here. The show WILL be sold out, so - buy them now!
Learn more about the event here:
Facebook page:

2016 shows:
November 14, 
7pm, Union Mine Theater
6530 Koki Lane
El Dorado, CA 

November 20
3pm, Goodnow Library
21 Concord Rd,
Sudbury, MA, 01776

Shows on the East Coast in April 2016! - Boston, New York, Providence and more!
VALINOR QUARTET debut on the East Coast!

April 20
7:30pm, Regattabar Jazz Club
Double bill:
International String Trio AND Valinor Quartet
Please come to our long anticipated performance on the East Coast!
Int'l String Trio:
Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Ippei Ichimaru - bass; Jakub Trasak - violin
Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Victor Prieto - accordion; Jakub Trasak - violin; Greg Feingold - bass
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel; 
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA
Harvard T Stop @ Red Line
To Learn More about the show:
To make a reservation:

April 21
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Lucille's Restaurant, NYC
237 West 42 St, NY, NY
8pm: International String Trio
10pm: Valinor Quartet
If you would like to attend both - get the tickets for the first one and then simply stay for the second one!
International String Trio:
Valinor Quartet:

April 18, 2016
Valinor Quartet
Pot au Feu 
44 Custom House St,
Providence, RI
Show Time: 6pm

Full List of Shows:
Valinor Quartet (IST plus accordion):
April 6, 2016; Show Time: 7:30pm
Community Arts Center,
220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA

April 7, 2016; Show Time: 7:00pm
Willow Valley Cultural Center,
900 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA 

April 8, 2016; Show Time: 7:30pm
Severna Park HIgh School,
60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park, MD

April 9, 2016; Show Time: 3:00pm
Northumberland High School
201 Academic Ln, Heathsville, VA 22473

International String Trio:
April 11, 2016; Show Time: 7:30pm
Sara Belle November Theater
1600 Westbrook Ave.  Richmond VA 23227

Fall 2015 Midwest Tour - 21 shows in 11 states!

Saturday, October 24, 2015; Show Time: 7:30pm                
Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, OH
Wednesday, October 27, 2015; Show Time: 7:00pm
Central Intermediate, Ottawa, IL
Thursday, October 29, 2015; Show Time: 7:00pm
Municipal Building, Beloit, KS
Friday, October 30, 2015; Show Time: 7:00pm
Ogallala High School Lecture Hall, Ogallala, NE
Sunday, November 1, 2015; Show Time: 4:00pm
Central High School Auditorium, Cheyenne, WY
Tuesday, November 3, 2015; Show Time: 7:30pm
Performing Arts Center, Lewistown, MT
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - VALINOR QUARTET (IST+ Accordion); Show Time: 7:30pm
The Mother Lode Theater, Butte, MT

Friday, November 6, 2015; Show Time: 7:30pm
Williston HS Auditorium, Williston, ND
Sunday, November 8, 2015; Show Time: 2:00pm
Lutheran Church, Hettinger, ND
Monday, November 9, 2015, Show Time: 7:30pm
Park Rapids HS Auditorium, Park Rapids, MN
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
High School Auditorium, Hibbing, MN
Thursday, November 12, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
High School Auditorium, Hutchinson, MN
Friday, November 13, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
Armstrong MS Auditorium, St. James, MN
Saturday, November 14, 2015, Show Time: 7:30pm
Tomah HS Auditorium, Tomah, WI

Sunday, November 15, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
Volm Theatre, Antigo, WI
Monday, November 16, 2015, Show Time: 7:30pm
Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
Centennial Auditorium HS, Sterling, IL
Thursday, November 19, 2015, Show Time: 7:30pm
Simon Estes Auditorium, HS, Centerville, IA 
Friday, November 20, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center, Lebanon, MO
Saturday, November 21, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
Perry Park Center Theater, Perryville, MO
Sunday, November 22, 2015, Show Time: 7:00pm
High School Auditorium, Pontiac, IL

West Coast Tour - June 2015
June 16
12.30pm, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
IST with a two times Grammy winner Mads Tolling on violin
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the OFJCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA

June 19
Leavenworth Accordion Festival
Valinor Quartet (IST + Accordion)
Master class and Concert
Visit this website for full info:

June 20
Djangovegas Festival
IST plus Olli Soikkelli and Leah Zeger
7pm Show,
the Historic Fifth Street School
401 South Fourth Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

June 21
4:30pm Show,
An evening of music and food celebrating Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with The Ben Powell Gypsy Jazz All Stars!
The All Star Band! - 
Ben Powell - Violin
Gonzalo Bergara - Guitar 
Olli Soikkeli - Guitar 
Slava Tolstoy - Guitar 
Greg Feingold - Bass
Brian Netzley - Bass
Collier House, 5210 Collier Place, Woodland Hills 91364

June 24
Jazz on the Plazz Festival

Wednesday, April 8
7:30pm, Regattabar Jazz Club
oin IST (Slava Tolstoy - guitar; Ben Powell - violin and Ippei Ichimaru - bass) for their long anticipated performance on the East Coast!
This unique show will feature two special guests –
Gypsy Jazz guitar virtuoso Olli Soikkeli 
and Fiddler Extraordinary Jakub Trasak
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel; 
1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA
Harvard T Stop @ Red Line
To Learn More about the show:

To make a reservation:

Saturday, April 11
8:00pm, Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864
(401) 725-9272

Sunday, March 8
3:00pm, Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Ave.Providence, RI


Fall Northwest Tour 2014!!!

Dear Friends!
We are proud to annonce that on Tuesday, September 30 our long anticipated Northwest Tour kicks off in Helena, MT. We will be playing shows in 6 States (MT, WY, ID, OR, CA, NM). Come to one of our concerts if you are around. If you're not - spread the word, let you family and friends in the area know that IST is coming into town!
We would like to emphasize the show in San Francisco area - October 19, 5pm at the Sound Room in Oakland, CA.
WE will be playing with a great friend and colleague of ours - a two times Grammy Winner Mads Tolling!
Here is the full list of the upcoming shows:

Tuesday, September 30
7:30 pm, Helena Civic Center,
340 Neill Avenue, Helena, MT, 59601


Wednesday, October 1
7:00pm, Lincoln County High School, 335 6th
Street E, Eureka, MT, 59917

Friday, October 3
7:00pm, Libby Memorial Center
111 East Lincoln Blvd, Libby, MT, 59923

Saturday, October 4
3:00pm Wheeler Performance Hall
Showcase at Wyoming Arts Alliance
125 College Drive, Casper, WY, 82601

Tuesday, October 7
7:00 pm, Ronan Performing Arts Center
33627 Marion Ln., Polson, MT, 59860

Saturday, October 11
8:00pm, Sun Meadow Resort,
30400 S. Sunray Trl., Worley, ID 8387

Wednesday, October 15
10.30pm - Valinor Quartet
(IST + accordion)
The Hiton Eugene; Vista 1 Room
Showcase at Arts Northwest Conference
66 East 6th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401

Thursday, October 16
7.30pm, The Jazz Station
124 West Broadway,
Eugene, OR, 97401

Friday, October 17
6.30pm - Valinor Quartet
(IST + accordion)
Pfeifer Winery
25040 Jaeg Rd, Junction City, OR 97448

Sunday, October 19
5pm – Show with a Grammy Winner Mads Tolling
The Sound Room
2147 Broadway, Oakland CA

Tuesday, October 21
7.30pm - Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
510 W Main St, Artesia, NM 88210


Past Shows:

July 29, 2014: FREE SHOW!!!
Show Time: 6pm, SHARP!
Ruth Gordon Amphitheater
1 Merrymount Parkway
Quincy, MA 02170 

August 3, 2014
Show Time: 4:00pm
Sundays on the Hill Concerts,
Weston VT

August 14, 2014

Show Time: 7:30pm
Old School Baptist Church

6424 County Highway #36
(Corner of Co Hwy 36 and Cartwright Road)
Denver, NY 12421


Dear Friends!
we are excited to announce our New England tour in late April / early May 2014 (see dates below)
We also would like to share with you that we had a very successful appearance at a musical conference in Montana, so it looks like we are going to tour Montana in 2015!
Here is a list of upcoming concerts:


March 15, 2014 
The Northwest Park Concert Series  at the Northwest Park Nature Center
145 Lang Road
Windsor, CT
Show Time: 7.30pm

March 29, 2014
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S. Monument Ave
Hamilton, OH 
Show Time: 8:00pm

April 26, 2014
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street,
Cumberland, RI 02864
Show Time: 8:00pm 

April 28, 2014
Pot au Feu 
44 Custom House St,
Providence, RI
Show Time: to be announced

April 29, 2014
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites Hotel 
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134; Tel: 617-562-4111
Show time: 8pm
Tickets: $22
There is convenient parking in a connected garage with elevator access to the hotel lobby. Validated parking for all events is $10.00.
To RSVP click here: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4068344
To learn more about the event: http://www.scullersjazz.com/attractions.html?monthnumb=4
Directions: http://www.scullersjazz.com/directions.html

May 1, 2014
The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road,
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Show Time: 7:00pm

May 2, 2014
The Huntington
55 Kent Lanem
Nashua, NH
Show Time: 7:30pm

Past Shows:

1. November 27, 2013 
Yoshi's San Francisco
1330 Fillmore st,
San Francisco, CA 94115
Show Time: 8.00pm
At the end of the show two very special guests will join us on stage for our Gypsy Jazz tribute:
Paul Mahling (guitar) and Evan Price (violin) from
Hot Club of San Francisco
To learn more about the show:
To order tickets:

2. August 9 & 10; 2013 - we are invited back to one of our favorite locations in the world - Rocky Mountains in Colorado!

When and Where:
Crested Butte Music Festival
Venue: Butte 66; 
12 Snowmass Road, Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
Show time: 7.30pm

3. September 2; 2013 - Show at the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

When and Where:
Bread and Roses Heritage Festival
Lawrence, MA
Show time: 2pm-2.45pm

4. October 5, 2013 - Musical Guest appearance at "Says You" NPR show
St. Joseph's College Theater,
West Hartford, CT
You can listed to the broadcast here:

5. October 6, 2013 - Our group is going to Tenessee for the first time!
When and Where:
Cumberland County Playhouse
221 Tenessee Ave.,
Crossville, TN
Show Time: 3.00pm 

6. October 26, 2013
Cancer Benefit Concert; Slava Tolstoy and Ben Powell duo.
at the Tufts University Concert Hall - Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Show time: 8.00pm
More info and to purchase tickets click here:

Northwest Tour 2013!!!
Dear Friends!

We are proud to annonce that on February 21 our long anticipated Northwest Tour kicks off in Seattle, WA. We will be playing shows in 6 Northwest States (WA, OR, CA, NV, WY, ID). Come to one of our concerts if you are around. If you're not - spread the word, let you family and friends in the area know that IST is coming into town!
Here is the full list of the shows:

Thursday, February 21
8:00 pm, Lucid Lounge
5241 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, February 22
7:30 pm, The Bay Club
120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow WA
Saturday, February 23
7:00 pm, Florence Events Center
715 Quince Street, Florence, OR 97439
Sunday, February 24
7.30pm, The Jazz Station
124 West Broadway, Eugene, OR, 97401

Monday, February 25
7:30pm, First Church of God
Luther Road and South Jackson St. Red Bluff, CA

Tuesday, February 26
7:00pm, Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I Street, Modesto CA 95354

Thursday, February 28
Two school shows,
Las Vegas, NV

Friday, March 1
7:00pm, Davis Middle School
837 No Name Street., Evanston, WY 82930

Saturday, March 2
7:00 pm, South Lincoln Training & Event Center
215 Wyoming Hwy 233, Kemmerer, WY 83101

Sunday, March 3
Afternoon concert in Boise, ID
Monday, March 4
7:30 pm, Nampa Civic Center
311 Third Street South, Nampa, ID 83651
Wednesday, March 6
7pm, Community Fine Arts Center
400 C Street  Rock Springs, WY 82901

Movie Night - CD Release Show is coming up!
November 13, 2012
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites Hotel 
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134; Tel: 617-562-4111
Show time: 8pm
Tickets: $20
There is convenient parking in a connected garage with elevator access to the hotel lobby. Validated parking for all events is $10.00.
To RSVP click here: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4558115
To learn more about our new CD - Movie Night - click here: http://www.rockpaperscissors.biz/index.cfm/fuseaction/current.press_release/project_id/660.cfm
To learn more about the event: http://www.scullersjazz.com/attractions.html?monthnumb=11
Directions: http://www.scullersjazz.com/directions.html

October 16, 2012
Showcase at Arts Northwest Conference - Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, ID 83725
Show time: 4.30pm
To learn more about the event:

October 14, 2012
Concert at the Brookline Public Library - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington St., Brookline, MA
Show time: 2.30pm

October 13, 2012
Cancer Benefit Concert; Double bill with Ben Powell Jazz Quartet.
at the Tufts University Concert Hall - Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Show time: 8pm

September 20-22, 2012
Showcase at Performing Arts Exchange Conference - Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL
Exact date / time: TBA
To learn more about it:

September 5, 2012
Showcase at Western Arts Alliance Conference; 
A Universe of Stars Presents:
Hyatt Regency Denver, 
Capitol Ballroom
650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202

September 2, 2012
Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver, CO.
7pm, $15
930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203,

To learn more about the event:

August 11, 2012
Crested Butte Music Festival
Ben Powell and Slava Tolstoy duo; opening for Hot Club of Detroit
Venue: Butte 66; 12 Snowmass Road, Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
Show time: 7.30pm
To learn more about the event:

August 8, 2012
World Wide Wednesdays @ Chelmsford presents: International String Trio
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 ; Show time: 6:30pm 

MacKay Library
: 43 Newfield St, North Chelmsford, MA

In case of rain, concert will be held at the Senior Center at 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, MA
To learn more about it:
For Directions:
Yes, this is the same Trio that performed at the One Book Coffeehouse at the main library in April. Here's another chance to catch them. We just had to have them back!

June 1, 2012
We had a great show at the Somereste Public Library! All of our loyal fans and new friends - thank you for coming!

April 20-22, 2012

We have a few events coming up the weekend of April 20-22:

 1. April 20, morning: we will be playing a live Radio show at 11am on WHRB 95.3 FM Harvard Radio. Tune in for great music!

2. April 20, evening: concert at the Coffee House at the Chelmsford Library. Below is the info:

When and Where:
April 20, 2012
7.00pm; 1 set
Coffee House at the Chelmsford Library
25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA USA 01824
Phone: (978) 256-5521

3. April 22: concert at one of our favorite places in New England - Fine Art Vision Gallery. Below is the info:

When and Where:
April 22, 2012
Fine Art Vision Gallery
12 Abbott Rd, Dover, MA 02030
Reservations recommended at:
Phone: (508) 494-9772
Email: Irina@FineArtVision.com
4.00 - 4.30 pm Cheese & Wine Reception
4.30 - 6.00 pm Musical Performance
6.00 - 7.00 pm Meet the Artists plus Cheese & Wine Reception.

February 4, 2012

We are proud to announce an upcoming concert at Friends of Northwest Park in Windsor, CT on February 4th. It's a great venue with a terrific sound system and friendly staff. We are really exited to play there!
We will be presenting a new program that will feature selections from our upcoming CD's as well as a lot of our "Greatest Hits". Like always, you are in for a special program - a unique mix of Appalachian Folk, Gipsy Jazz, Russian, Israeli, Italian music and more.

When and Where:
Saturday, February 4, 2012; 7.30pm;
Friends of Northwest Park Concert Series,
145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
$18 cover

Because of the great interest in this concert
advanced reservations are HIGHLY recommended!!!
You can make a reservation by clicking on this link:


January 7-9, 2012

This weekend we performed at the APAP Conference in NYC. It is probably the biggest covention of musicians, agents and presentsers in the world! On January 8 we played a very successfull showcase in a great show room that was very well attended. It was also great to reconnect with our friends from the "Turtle Island String Quartet" who were showcasing later that night. Let's hope a lot of great bookings will come out of this conference for all of us!

October 17-20, 2011

For 4 days we were part of an amazing booking conference - Arts Northwest - that took place in Eugene, OR. A lot of great things happened to us after we had two very successfull showcases. First of all - numerous presenters expressed strong interest in booking us for their Concert Halls / Arts Centers. We also signed an agreement with a great agent who will be representing us for concert hall bookings. Here is his contact information:
Robert Baird, President
P.O. Box 5016, Station "A"
Toronto, ON M5W 1N4
Toll-free: 1-800-867-3281
Cell: 416-887-2151
Thank you Oregon! Thank you Robert - our new agent! Thanks you all the great staff people at Arts Northwest! Thank you all of our new friends, fans and coleagues!

October, 2011

In the middle October we are going to the West Coast to be part of a big booking conference - Arts Northwest that will take place in Eugene, OR. We are very exited about it and hope that a lot of good things will come out of it!

September 29, 2011

3 New Songs On CDBaby!
We are also proud to announce that three songs that we released as videos earlier this year are now available for purchase on CDBaby as regular tracks that you can upload to your computer / ipod / phone / burn on a CD, etc:
Tchavolo Swing

Schindler's List Theme

I'm Shipping Up to Boston (From "The Departed")

September 24, 2011
We are on NPR!!!

We are proud to let you know that we were the featured band on NPR for "Says You" Show. On September 24 we were at the Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT playing to a full house as part of the upcoming "Says You" Show. Two sets were recorded live on stage, we had very enthusiastic response from the audience!
To learn more about the show and the upcoming broadcasts check out their website:
We learned that the show will be aired on October 7th and October 15 on NPR. However, there was a bit of uncertainty about the exact times / stations, etc. To check out the list of stations that will broadcast this show in your area click here:
List of Radio Stations

September 19, 2011

We had an amazing show yesterday at the Fine Art Vision Gallery! It was a full house, very warm reception by the audience. Everybody - thanks so much for coming! 

2011 Upcoming shows!
We are glad to announce that the following shows are coming up:

Sunday, September 18

Fine Art Vision Gallery
12 Abbott Rd, Dover, MA 02030
Phone: (508) 494-9772
Email: Irina@FineArtVision.com
4.00 - 4.30 pm Cheese & Wine Reception
4.30 - 6.00 pm Musical Performance
6.00 - 7.00 pm Meet the Artists plus Cheese & Wine Reception.

Friday, July 29

The Buttonwood Tree
Performing Arts & Cultural Center,
605 Main Street,
Middletown, CT
International String Trio: 8-10pm
Admission: $10

Friday July 12th

The Crosby Whistle Stop

24 Roland Street

Charlestown, MA
Lesson: 8pm-9pm (included with admission)

Dancing: 9pm to 12 midnight

International String Trio: 10-11pm
Admission: $15 (general), $13 (students and seniors with valid ID)

April 14, 2011

We are proud to announce the release of 3 music videos. They feature the songs from our upcoming album that is dedicated to our favorite themes from different motion pictures. You can watch them at our video page or on youtube:
Tchavolo Swing (from the movie "Latcho Drom")
Schindler's List Main Theme
Shipping Up To Boston (from the movie "Departed")

March 20, 2011

We had an amazing show at the Fine Art Vision Gallery in Dover, MA on March 20th. There was a full house and we received a very enthusiastic response from the audience. We were surrounded by beautiful paintings - what a great environment to create music! Thanks everybody for coming! 

February 2011

We are glad to announce that we have a show coming up at the Fine Art Vision Gallery in Dover, MA on March 20th. We will update as soon as we have all of the exact details. Please check out their website for general info / directions: http://www.fineartvision.com/html/main.cfm

Dec '10 / Jan '11 
Another exiting season is over. We had more than 150 (!!!) gigs this year, played some great concerts and festivals! On Dec 31 we played a fun gig downtown Northampton, MA; then went to a party at Longwood Towers, Brookline MA where we played more music. At the party Ippei got himself a gig playing percussion on a chair all night long! In the morning of Jan 1st we were playing on the Odissey ship ready to ship out of the Boston Harbor! Looking forward to more fun gigs in 2011!

November 2010,
We are glad to announce that our best videos from the Ryles show are now on youtube! Here they are, enjoy it:
Minor Swing
Those Were the Days
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Swing Gitane

Oct 7, 2010
We had a great concert at the Boston Athenaeum - a membership library that is located in a beautiful building, right downtown Boston, on 10 1/2 Beacon St. We really enjoyed playing for this great crowd, all of our tunes - from intimate to energetic - had very warm reception. Sold bunch of CD's and made lots of new friends! Here are few videos from the show. Though the quality of the video could be better - the energy is there!
Irish Jig & Reel
Yossel, Yossel (Joseph, Joseph)

Sept, 2010 Videos from a live show! 
We just played a nice concert at the North Hill in Needham, MA. Here are 2 videos:
Ashokan Farewell
Dancing in the Rain

Upcoming free show!!!
We are glad to announce that on August 17, from noon - 1.30pm we'll be playing a free concert in Kendall Square, Cambridge MA. It's part of Kendall Square Summer Concert series and is sponsored by Berklee College of Music. It's a win-win situation - we get paid yet you have a chance to see us for free! Here is the excat address:
300 Athenaeum Street, Cambridge, MA
You can learn more about the event here:

June 15, 2010
Today we had a great show at the 'International Festival of Arts and Ideas' in New Haven, CT. The stage was located right in the heart of historic Yale University downtown New Haven. We played very energetic 1 hour set that showcased our wide range of styles (Irish, Klezmer, Gipsy Jazz, Appalachian Folk, etc.) It seemed to have a very warm respond from the crowd! Here are the video links for 2 songs: 
Dark Eyes
Feather Theme 

May 2010
We are proud to announce that our Sonicbids electronic kit is up and running. You can check it here:

April 2-4, 2010
We are happy to announce that we spent these 3 days of the easter weekend in the studio recording some exiting new music for you! We recorded more than 20 songs total and did around a hundred takes all together! We are very pleased with the results. You can see the pics from the recording here:

March 2010, last 3 weeks
We are in the final stages of rehearsing for our new CD. The recording will take place during the first weekend of April. Since we had so much of great material we decided to record / release two records at once. The 1st CD will be a compilation of our favorite themes from the movie soundtracks. The second CD will be dedicated to Gipsy Jazz and will have all of the greatest hits on it - Minor Swing, Dark Eyes, Nuages, Tchavolo Swing, etc.
March 1, 2010
This afternoon we played a great concert at the MIT Lincoln Labs facilities in Lexington, MA. We performed in a spacious concert auditorium and had a very warm response from the audience. 
I have to mention that this was the concert debut of my new Gipsy Jazz type of guitar - "Manouche". I bought this instrument in NYC about a month ago and it sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to record it for our new CD!

February 2010
We are in the process of selecting songs for a new CD that we'll be recorded in spring 2010. We hope all of the new favorite pieces of our fans will find its way to the new record!

December 2009 / January 2010
We've been working on our new promotional video (EPK) for several weeks. Finally it's out! I hope you enjoy it. It's on on our home page.

November 14, 2009
Tonight we played at a great event at the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA - "Sizzle, Swing and Celebrate!". Here are the pics from the Regattabar:

November 12, 2009
We had a great show yesterday! Thanks everybody for coming! We were featured in the Boston Globe newspaper on Nov 11, that helped in promotion of our show. Thanks to the Globe! Here you can see some pics from the concert:

November 11, 2009
We are proud to announce that on November 11, 2009 (Veterans Day) we will be performing at Ryles Jazz Club in Inman Square (212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA). Please reserve the date and come over to support live music! We are preparing a new program, although all the "Greatest Hits" will be included!

October 2009
Our busiest summer season ever (more than a 100 gigs) is almost over! 
This year we were regular musical guests at Chatham Bars Inn, Crane estate, Hammond Castle, etc. We also played at some gorgeous locations in California and NY / NJ states.

September 25, 2009
IST - live broad cast at WHRB (Harvard) Radio. We had great time playing hot Gipsy Jazz tunes on that lovely September morning. You can find the whole broad cast here:
http://www.whrb.org/livejazzfridays.html http://www.picasaweb.google.com/jiujitsujazz/InternationalStringTrioRyles?feat=directlink

July 27, 2009

IST performed at the Regattabar as part of the Courtyard Series, sponsored by Berklee. It was a great night for us, a lot of people showed up, we played our all times favorite selections as well as some new arrangements that were very well received. 
Checks out pics and videos form the show (it's coming soon); read more about it here: 

April - May 2009
The summer season is kicking off for IST! With more than 80 performances scheduled it will be the busiest season ever! We'll keep you posted about the beautiful locations  where we are performing this summer. Please check Ippei's blog for updates:

Feb 24th, 2009
IST performed at the Skywalk at the top of the Prudential Tower for the Berklee Award Ceremony. It was fun to play for and reconnect with all of the teachers from the renown music college.

Feb 5th, 2009
IST played a live show at the elegant Vernissage Club in Brighton, MA. Everybody seemed to love our performance, we played like there was no tomorrow and sold a lot of CD s! Please, go to the Video section to hear parts of the show and see pics in the gallery.

Feb 4th, 2009
IST had an on stage rehearsal / video recording at the Jamspot in Somerville, MA. It was a lot of fun to play on a big sound versus our regular chamber setting. We are very pleased with the results. You can see some of the tracks in the video section and see pics in the gallery.

Feb 3rd, 2009
IST had a professional photo shoot with an outstanding photographer Michael Goderre. It took place at the Saint club downtown Boston. We were told that it was one of the hottest jazz joints back in the 50 s. We revived the jazzy spirit by playing upbeat Gypsy jems while pictures were being taken. You can see a lot of them in our photo gallery.

January 2009
IST is enjoying numerous bookings for private events for the year 2009. We have already up to 50 dates booked all over New England, New York and California!

November 2008
IST finished yet another successful performance season of private parties and special evens. From May to November we played more than 100 gigs all over the USA (MA, ME, VT, NH, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, MD, DC, SC, CA). Our last job was at a beautiful mountain style hotel in New Paltz, NY. Check out their site: http://www.mohonk.com Check out Ippei s blog for an updated report about our travels: ippeiichimaru.blogspot.com

Oct 27th, 2008
IST in duo format brought the beauty of music to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA. It felt great to play for people who really needed it and appreciated the music like few can!

August, 2008
We are glad to announce that the digital downloads of our latest CD Appalachia increased significantly over the last few months. The most popular track is our version of a tango from the movie Scent of a Woman called Por Una Cobeza.

May 8th, 2008
IST was featured in the Boston Globe article about the string groups in the Boston area. We were presented as one of the ensembles that takes the strings to a new level. Here is a short quote:
Worlds are virtually colliding in the repertoire of some string-based groups. Take the recent concert playlist of the Boston-based International String Trio. It starts with the "The Swan," by C. Saint-Sa ns and moves on to Handel, "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Georgia on My Mind." "We're trying to push the boundaries a bit," said trio member Slava Tolstoy, a 2002 Berklee graduate and guitarist who founded the group in 1999.

April, 2008
We are proud to announce that our 2nd CD entitled Appalachia is released and available at CDBaby and iTunes! We are very happy with the results. We recorded 23 tracks and selected only the very best 12, the ones that really captured the spirit of the CD s main theme Appalachia!

February, 2008
IST is in the studio recording the new CD. We are recording all the pieces that always receive warm responses from our audiences, including some original compositions. The styles range from Appalachian folk to Classical, Pop, Tango, Irish and Israeli music.