Primary Duo




“Pianist Sarah Bob and percussionist Aaron Trant gave …a fire-breathing presentation.” – David Cleary, 21st Century Music


“Aaron Trant routinely demonstrates his extraordinary talent…versatility [and] absolute dependability…He is a crucial pillar to the Boston-area new music scene.”

“A remarkable combination of intelligence, musicianship, and fearlessness…[Sarah Bob’s] performance was stunning, not only technically flawless, but possessed of a character that was uniquely her own…refreshing and exciting.”

With vitality and grace, Primary Duo continues to be on the cutting edge of today’s music. Pianist Sarah Bob and percussionist Aaron Trant have been bringing their eclectic combination of rhythmic lyricism to concert halls across North America since 2000. The Duo’s repertoire ranges from masterworks of the contemporary genre to self-commissioned world premieres.  Bob and Trant lead active performance lives outside of Primary Duo working regularly with groups including After Quartet, Endy Emby (New York), Radius Ensemble (Cambridge), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The New Gallery Concert Series and Firebird Ensemble (Boston.)  Through these outside collaborations, the Duo is able to bring a rich combination of improvisation, jazz, classical, and popular genres to the concert stage. Together their sounds blend into music that is both on the fringe and enjoyable for any audience.  Primary Duo can be heard on Cauchemar Records.

“After hearing numerous performances, I am always struck by the totally engaging, virtuousic and electric energy Sarah Bob and Aaron Trant bring to the music they perform as a duo.”
Kate Vincent, Director of Firebird Ensemble

“Sarah Bob and Aaron Trant…are the two most devoted interpreters of my music I have ever been fortunate enough to work with.”
Curtis K. Hughes, composer

“Bob and Trant played the many tricky syncopated rhythmic-unison passages perfectly in time with one another, in a knockout performance full of exuberance and flair. That the unpitched percussion was fully the piano’s melodic equal testifies to the expert assurance both of Trant’s playing and Hollinden’s writing.”
–David McMullin of the Boston Music Intelligencer, May 2011

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