Pashan | 爬山 | ぱしゃん | パシャン
The Pashan Trio is a unique instrumental ensemble featuring Yvette Holzwarth (Violin), Patrick Behnke (Viola), and Kozue Matsumoto (Koto: Japanese zither). Hailing from Northern California, Michigan, and the Tohoku region of Japan, the three began playing together while attending the Performer-Composer MFA program at CalArts. The Pashan Trio primarily performs new music by contemporary composers and is notable for their superb sensitivity and experimental approaches to their instruments. The name Pashan represents Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of water while, in Mandarin, it can be translated to mean climbing a mountain.