The Duet is one of four internationally touring bass and cello duos in history (Although, they were the Bottom Line Duo for 20 years, which was the third, so maybe they are half?). As 21st century artists who are not terribly distant from their youth, they are providing a much needed shot in the arm to classical music by presenting a program that is rich in sonority, flesh and blood, steel and wood and horse hair. In other words, a program that Generation X can take their parents and their children too.
Through strict discipline combined with a stage presence of joy and humor, the duo presents an evening of music from the Baroque period to today. A subplot of their married years, years since, as well as their competitiveness, and clear undying love for each other - as friends, of course, they say - permeates the program along with bizarre musicological references - a hilarious ukulele piece and a final battle over "The Flight of the Bumblebee."
The Duet is a unique ensemble of bass and cello deriving its literature through adaptations of famous works, new works, and existing works. The performance is presented in a chamber music fashion with anecdotes, virtuosity, and refined comedy. The duo began touring in 1996 and by 1998 was part of a group representing the Los Angeles Music Center, L.A. Philharmonic specifically, on a fundraising tour aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 from South Hampton, England to New York, New York. The duo has enjoyed performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in many communities with equally great halls and audiences.
Traci Winters - first laid hands on the cello when she entered the Port Angeles public schools' music program at ten-years-old. She quickly attracted the attention of many gifted educators only to leave Port Angeles, via scholarship, to attend Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music.
Traci first studied with Walter Gray, a founding member of the Kronos string quartet and with Barton Frank, a Piatigorsky prodigy, international soloist, and one time principal cellist of the National Symphony. Barton became one of Traci’s greatest influences. Traci continues to perform numerous Broadway musicals as principal cellist in the Paramount Theater and the 5th Avenue theaters in Seattle and has backed Tony Curtis, Richard Chamberlain, and Patty Lapone in the process. Her reputation as a chamber musician has mandated performances across the USA, Europe, and Mexico. As a recording artist she appears in genres from rock to classical with Grammy Award-winning artists. She also was the cellist with the critically acclaimed Tangoheart and the all-female, new music ensemble Sorrelle. Traci has recorded eight albums as a soloist with The Duet.
Hoveskeland - first laid hands, not on the
bass but, on the cello when he entered the Port
Angeles public schools music program at ten-years-old. He also played guitar in local pop
groups and bass in the school jazz band.
Spencer studied music with Chuck Israels, Barton Frank, Peter Marsh, Walter Gray, and continued after college focusing on music engraving and performance with Art Bloom, founding clarinetist of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Spencer has performed for numerous Broadway musicals as bassist in Seattle’s theaters. Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, Cinderella with Ertha Kitt, and Chicago with Tom Wopat were memorable. As an orchestral player he was principal bass of the Whatcom Symphony for six years, played for the Bolshoi Ballet when in Seattle, and appears as a session musician on the soundtracks of “About Schmidt,” “Woolly Boys,” “Man on Fire,” “Blade the Trinity” and others. With an electric bass he occasionally accompanies the screaming guitars of famous rock stars. With a pencil he creates lush string and orchestral arrangements for whoever needs them.
Spencer helped produce the Cebreros Festival of Strings in Cebreros, Spain and has served on the board for the Seattle Musicians Union, the Montana Performing Arts Consortium, and Arts Northwest.
The Duet takes advantage of the rich diversity of performing opportunities in North America. They specialize in chamber music and use that discipline and attention for detail to honor the music of other styles. From Broadway, Argentine Tango, Mexican Folk, Klezmer, rock, or country music. Music, like integrity, is great in all subjects.