3 Leg Torso began as a cello, violin and accordion trio in Portland in 1996. Bridging the worlds of serious art and popular culture, their music is a daring and elegant blend of modern chamber music influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and world music traditions. The group has scored music for films and television in the US and Europe, and has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2002, 3 Leg Torso expanded to become a quintet, adding percussionist Gary Irvine, and upright bass and mallet players (vibes, marimba, xylophone), while still being guided by the violin of Béla Balogh and the accordion of Courtney Von Drehle. Their second CD is scheduled for release in November of 2003.