Bohemian Trio brought a world of sounds to the Patil Theater on Friday night, as the group performed a series of varied and eclectic pieces with its unique instrumental combination – made up of saxophonist Yosvany Terry, pianist Orlando Alonso and cellist Yves Dharamraj. Their first set consisted mainly of pieces written for the trio by close friends and associates, an arrangement that works well for them due to their unusual configuration. Pieces such as the tender, contemplative “Impromptu No. 1 for Gershwin,” composed by Cuban pianist Manuel Valera, contrasted well with Alexis Cuadrado’s “Trivium,” a hauntingly lively number that reflects the composer’s homeland of Barcelona.
The second half of the show featured Terry’s own works, including the lively “Tarde en la Lisa,” a tribute to the working-class neighborhood in Havana where he lived. Its complex melodies and harmonies (particularly Alonso’s piano work) created a portrait of what Terry called a “dynamic” community. They closed with “Okonkolo,” the title track from their latest album, named after the smallest member of the Batá family of drums originating from Nigeria. Beginning with an extended percussion intro, with vocalizations led by Terry, the trio launched into a vigorous section reflecting Terry’s trademark Afro-Cuban style, venturing into territory both melodic and dissonant.