21 October 2007

Shady Brass (Latvia)

''Since 1999 group Shady Brass Q is making character of smiling accelerators. That's we are - Shady Brass Q. Some people sometimes call us as circus musicians. Are we angry on it? No, because our mission is to entertain, to educate and, of course to amuse everyone. But if we can make someone mad by our fun, then our mission is complete. CHEERS!''

25 September 2007

Rythm and Brass

"Beyond Category" was a term the great Duke Ellington used as the highest form of praise for those artists who transcended normal boundaries. Since their inaugural season in 1993, rhyth3 & Brass has lived up to the ideal of a musical presentation that is not bound by time, geography or culture. With the unique ability to incorporate influences as divergent as Josquin Des Prez, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Johann Sebastian Bach, and, of course, Duke Ellington, rhythm & Brasssearches for the commonality in these influences and fearlessly weaves them all into a single concert experience.
While maintaining an active touring schedule, rhythm & Brass has also performed at numerous special events including a 1994 New York concert debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with celebrated jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. Commissions have been premiered at Chicago's Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the national convention of the Music Educator's National Conference. R&B has also been featured at the New York Brass Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, Kentucky's Great American Brass Band Festival, the National Trumpet Competition and the National Association of Music Merchants Convention in Los Angeles. Internationally, rhyth3 & Brass has toured extensively in Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Virgin Islands, and Japan. Read more...

24 September 2007

Leroy Osmon Composer

Although born May 27, 1948 in Washington, Indiana, Leroy Osmon grew up and lived for 44 years in Texas. His early education was in the Texas Public School System, studying clarinet and alto saxophone in a school band. With no formal musical training in composition he entered Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas to study composition with Paul Holmes and orchestration with Charles Wiley. After completing his degree Osmon taught band in East Texas. He went on to complete his Master of Music at Sam Houston State University in composition (studying with Fisher Tull), conducting (Gary Sousa) and musicology (James Marks). While working on his DMA at the University of Houston, Osmon studied composition with Michael Horvit and conducting with Eddie Green. Although Leroy Osmon continued to teach band in the Texas Public School System (retiring after 30 years) and teach an occasional class at the University of Houston, he now composes full time (with over 100 works - 30 published) and teaches part time at the Bach School of Music and the University of Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

New Brass Music
Concerto No. 2 for Tuba, Winds and Percussion, by Leroy Osmon is now in print with RBC Publications of San Antonio, Texas. This work was commissioned by and is dedicated to, Dave Kirk of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. It is scored for orchestra winds and percussion. The first performance was by Dave Kirk in May of 2006.

Other works for tuba by Leroy Osmon:
The Kesten Suite for Flute and Tuba ­ RBC.
Elegy for Tuba and Small Orchestra ­ RBC.
Frescos de Bonampak (Octet No. 2) for Tuba Ensemble ­ RBC.
Concert Etudes for Solo Tuba, Vol. I ­ SMC.
Concert Etudes for Solo Tuba, Vol. II ­ SMC.
Additional brass works: A Rocky Headland Amid Wild Winds ­ RBC.
Brass Choir Introduction and Allegro for Brass Quintet ­ RBC.
Prelude: A Dream I Had ­ SMC. Brass Sextet.
Sonatina for Trumpet and Viola ­ RBC.
Concerto for Turmpet, Winds and Percussion ­ RBC [in preperation]

23 September 2007

Midnight Brass Quintet

Comprised of students from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, the Midnight Brass Quintet has enjoyed a number of successes both within and outside Peabody. From masterclass performances with musicians such as the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Graham Ashton and the Oklahoma Brass Quintet, to performances on the Thursday Noon and Elderhostel Recital Series, MBQ began and remains as active contributers to the Peabody community. In addition to recital and masterclass performances within Peabody, MBQ is also active as a commercial chamber ensemble throughout the greater Baltimore area. MBQ was recently hired to perform for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's unveiling of the 2006- 07 concert season at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as invited to perform a solo recital on the Art of Healing Concert Series at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. MBQ has also begun giving outreach concerts within the community through Peabody's Creative Access and has performed for organizations such as the Baltimore School for the Blind and My Sister's House. This past summer, MBQ spent 10 days as fellowship participants at the Summer Brass Institute in Menlo, California, where they performed with and were coached by members of the Bay Brass. MBQ is currently coached weekly by Phil Munds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

22 September 2007

Boban Markovic Orkestar (Serbia)

Boban Marković (Бобан Марковић) is a Serbian trumpet player and brass ensemble leader from Vladicin Han, frequently recognized as the greatest trumpet player to emerge from the Balkans. He and his brass band have received world acclaim and won numerous awards.
Boban Marković Orchestra has been the leading Balkan Brass Band in Serbia over the last 17 years. They are from Vladicin Han, Southern Serbia, which is obviously heard in their music. They have won several of the most important prizes ("Golden Trumpet", "First Trumpet" and "The Best Orchestra") at the "Brass bands meeting and competition" in Guča, the Guča trumpet festival, called "Dragačevski Sabor", which has been held every August in Central Serbia, since 1961. Every year "Sabor" gathers 20 of the best bands from all parts of Serbia, as well as some 300,000 people in the audience. Winning there means more jobs for the bands, but also is so prestigious, that no one misses the festival and all the bands play for free.
Boban Marković Orkestar won the "Best Orchestra" prize at 40th "Sabor" in Guca, August 2000. They won the "Best concert 2000." prize for their concert with Lajko Felix. In Guča, at “Dragačevski Sabor 2001” Boban Marković won “The First Trumpet”, what is officially the best prize there and the most wanted among the musicians. It was the first time ever that any musician there got all five marks “10” from all of the jury members. Since winning, he has decided to stop competing.
Guča: A documentary featuring Boban Marković

21 September 2007

Washington Symphonic Brass (USA)

The Washington Symphonic Brass is comprised of some of the finest professional musicians in the Washington/Baltimore area. While the members are in constant demand for orchestral, solo, and chamber music performances, they have assembled to play some of the great literature written for large brass ensemble. Conductor Milt Stevens and Trumpeter Phil Snedecor formed this group of players out of their love of and excitement about this fine literature. Individually, the members of the WSB have performed with many of the nation's best orchestras, such as The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among other illustrious institutions. The WSB performs throughout the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area, appearing at some of the great performance spaces on the east coast. Specializing in compositions written for large brass ensemble and percussion (four trumpets, four horns, four trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, and percussion instruments) with organs, choruses, and other instruments optional, the varied repertoire of the Washington Symphonic Brass covers five centuries.

Washington Symphonic Brass 15th Anniversary Celebration
with Leonard Slatkin, Guest Conductor
Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 7:30 pmTerrace TheaterJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsWashington, DCandMonday, October 15, 2007 at 7:30 pmMaryland Hall for the Creative ArtsAnnapolis, MD.
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19 September 2007

Josef Lídl musical instruments

Josef Lídl musical instruments were first produced more than one hundred years ago. Josef Lidl opened his workshop in 1892, first as a trading company and repair shop for musical instruments. This repair shop grew gradually to become the first musical instruments factory in Moravia.Czech countries have a rich tradition of producing musical instruments, dating back to the first half of the 17th century. Josef Lídl's workshop combined the experience of several well-known regions, such as Luby by Cheb or Kraslice. Soon, however, the firm began training its own specialists, who began to spread its high reputation.The assortment expanded gradually to include the production of string instruments: dulcimas, concertinas and pianos. An entire generation of Brno's violin makers were trained in Lídl's workshop. These included Jan and Frantisek Podesva, Josef Bucek, Josef Kreuzer, Antonin Galla and Frantisek Zyka. Josef Lídl's workshop became a name known all over the world for the production of corni and French horns. The first French horn was produced in 1924. It was a sporadic assortment in our counties at that time. Many French horns from Lídl's workshop became well known around the world.

18 September 2007

The Trillium Brass Quintet (Canada)

Formed in 1996, The Trillium Brass Quintet (Toronto, Canada) is a versatile and tightly knit ensemble. From renaissance vocal works to Charles Ives and the premières of new music, Trillium performs not only the traditional repertoire, but also explores the wide diversity of music available to the modern brass quintet.TBQ has performed throughout southern Ontario including recital appearances at The Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, and University of Toronto's New Music Week. We were also the first musicians to play our national anthem inside the Ontario Legislature.

TBQ's versatility and wide repertoire allows us to present music to suit any occasion or venue - from official receptions, convocations, and corporate gatherings to sacred and secular festive events. Some of our hired engagements have included receptions for the Lieutenant Governor, and somewhat less formal but very festive appearances at Massey College for their Christmas Gaudy. Amongst the number of churches at which we have played, our appearances at St. James' Cathedral include annual celebrations of the New Year's Bishop's Levee, which feature jubilant brass and organ music, and hymn settings custom made for that grand acoustic.

19 August 2007

Spanish Brass Luur Metalls (SP)

Spanish Brass Luur Metalls has recorded his 11th Cd, entitled SBALZ BRASS ENSEMBLE, with the best brass players of Spain, conducted by Christian Lindberg. This Cd was presented at the Spanish Brass Alzira 2007 Festival and is composed of the pieces commissioned by the festival since 2003. Fierabrass, by Juanjo Colomer; Ter i Anta, by Ferrer Ferran; Reencontres, by Andrés Valero; Luurphoniam, by Francisco Zacarés and Brain Rubbish, by Christian Lindberg.With Spanish Brass Luur Metalls are recording this cd Rubén Marqués, Luís González, Pep Antoni Cassado, Pacho Flores, Carlos Gil, Miguel José Martínez "Viriato", Juan Carlos Matamoros, María Rubio, Vicent Puertos, David Alonso, Mario Osca, Alberto Pons and Vicent López.

Ben van Dijk (NL)

Ben earned his Solo Diploma cum laude in 1980 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1976, he was appointed to the bass trombone position in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued to study with Jeff Reynolds and Roger Bobo in Los Angeles.After 23 years with the N.R.P.O., Ben joined the Rotterdam Philharmonic as solo bass trombonist. He played for more then 15 years with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and is still active as bass trombonist in the Dutch Jazz Orchestra. He has also played with the Dutch Brass Sextet for fourteen years. Ben is Professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in Manchester.

21 April 2007

Westwind Brass (USA)

Virtuosic ensemble performance, interesting music, unique stories, engaging interaction with the audience, and lots of chuckles make two hours of delightful fun for Westwind Brass’ audiences.
There is little in the musical lexicon that they cannot tackle and perform well. Their uniqueness lies in their ability to perform at a high level the entire spectrum of brass music.
Each concert offers a kaleidoscopic set of styles and composers from the rich Baroque sonorities of Handel and Bach to the music of other cultures. Serious art music including the jazz of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk are embraced. No one stays seated when “That’s A Plenty” encores!
In addition to a varied and expanding concert schedule, Westwind Brass is dedicated to education, having developed programs and master classes for students of all ages.
The grammy nominated ensemble is in residence at San Diego State University and is on the touring roster of the California Arts Council. The group receives major support from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.

School of Music and Dance
Westwind Brass internationally recognized for their critically acclaimed residencies, educational performances and concerts. The ensemble has performed for the Music Educators National Conference, California Music Educators Conference the first Chamber Music Educator/Ensemble Seminar at Oberlin, and has spent many weeks in residency from Japan, Mexico through all regions in the United States.
Many of Westwind Brass unique musical arrangements and compostions are available from BrassQuake Press. If you need the music now, visit our FreeHandMusic listing and purchase and digitally download your parts immediately

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23 March 2007

Bala Brass

The award-winning Bala Brass are winning the hearts of audiences around the globe with their infectious spirit and enthusiastic performances. A brass quintet dedicated to furthering the art of brass music performance, Bala was the first group of it's kind to be invited to participate in the Osaka International Chamber Music Festa in Japan in 2001. The Boston area chamber ensemble was also awarded the bronze medal at the 2001 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as being honored as a finalist in the 2001 Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Highlights of Bala's 2005 season have included the world premier of Robert J. Bradshaw's new piece entitled Right Then. Same Time Tomorrow? at the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, and a feature recital at the 2005 New York Brass Conference.

In addition to its rigorous performance schedule, Bala is strongly committed to fostering music through education. In keeping with this mission the quintet conducts master classes and educational concerts for young persons extensively, having been featured recently on such high school and college campuses as UMASS, UCONN, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Lakeside College, the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-State University of New York, Phillips Academy, and Bridgewater State College. Bala was also the featured ensemble in residence at the 2004 Shepherd College All-Star Brass Weekend. Continuing its drive to promote brasswind chamber music, Bala is active in commissioning new works for the genre. The 2006 season will include the release of Bala's first full album of music for brass quintet, including two never before recorded full-length quintets.

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27 February 2007

Mnozil Brass (Austria)

Mnozil brass has been around since 1992.
What began in Vienna in Josef Mnozil’s tavern has become so well-known in concert circles that they now hold more than 120 concerts a year around the world.
They play applied brass music for people from all walks of life.
They face every challenge, no tone is too high, no lip is too hot and no music is too inferior.
You can see their music and you can smell the stage performance.
in the current show "SEVEN", they deal with all relevant questions of life, so if something is not clear to you, please come to the website.

07 February 2007

Tennessee Technological University Tuba/Euphonium Studio (USA)

The Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble, currently celebrating its 40th year of performances and recording activity, has been selected by The Tennessee Board of Regents to receive the prestigious TBR Academic Excellence and Quality Award. The TTTE is the first music program in the state of Tennessee to receive this award. Additionally, the ensemble has been notified that its latest CD recording release, CARNEGIE VI, a documentation of the group's sixth appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, on the Mark Records label was submitted and accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) to be included on its “Grammy Entry List.”

The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville , Tennessee , is considered the “pioneer” ensemble of its kind. The TTTE is continually received with favor by audiences from Carnegie Hall in New York to Jackson Square in New Orleans . The group has been described as one that is “not a novelty, but an ensemble with a unique sound.” The TTTE has received the highest accolades from the professional world of tubists and euphoniumists, music educators, and professional reviewers. Following the example of the TTTE, similar groups have formed all over the world. Music generated by and for the Tech ensemble has been performed in Japan , Australia , Canada , all over Western Europe, and throughout the United States .

Organized in 1967 by the present conductor, R. Winston Morris, the TTTE was the birth of a new concept in music for multiple tubas. Previous to this, there had been a very limited amount of activity involving chamber music for tubas. The Tech ensemble introduced the idea of the large tuba/euphonium choir with parts being frequently doubled. Needless to say, there was a total lack of literature for such an ensemble; therefore, the Tech group had to commence an extensive “search” for music. That “search” has led to the composition and arrangement of over one thousand works specifically done for the Tech ensemble by outstanding composers from the United States and abroad.

The most recorded ensemble of its kind in the world
40th Season
R. Winston Morris, Director More here...

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17 January 2007

Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble (USA)

The Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble was created in February 2004. The inspiration to create the group occurred during a visit to the Western Carolina Trumpet Festival. As the “Atlanta Youth Trumpet Ensemble”, the group gave its first performance in April 2004. The ensemble was comprised of members of director Kay Fairchild’s private trumpet studio and consisted of nine players.
Following their graduation from high school, several members expressed an interest in continuing with the ensemble. In June 2004, the group was renamed the “Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble” and comprises some of the top high school and college trumpet players in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Membership is by invitation only. Members must display strong performance and interpersonal skills. ATE performers are encouraged to develop a “lack of ego” related to ensemble participation and in their determination to succeed in personal endeavors. A genuine love of music and musical performance is essential.

The Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble has performed for the opening of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Western Carolina Trumpet Festival and the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference to name a few. The ensemble has also performed for private events, weddings and non-profit events around the metro-Atlanta area.

Sound files:

Galliard Battaglia - Samuel Scheidt arr. D. MarlattFor 5 Bb trumpetsMP3 - 3.8 MB - download
Bugler's Holiday - Leroy Anderson / David HickmanFor 2 Piccolo Trumpets, 10 Bb TrumpetsMP3 - 3.8 MB - download


16 January 2007

Hevelius Brass (Poland)

Technical mastery, unique sound and amazingly rich repertoire make the concerts of Hevelius Brass very interesting and enjoyable for all the audiences. The young musicians are more than able to combine the challenging Renaissance and Baroque pieces with original transcriptions of jazz standards and popular music. Along with the energy presented by this Polish group, this creates a great mixture that is always appreciated by any listener.

Hevelius Brass gave a wide array of concerts ranging from small chamber performances, to great outdoor happenings. Some of them are: The Castle of Kalmar, Sweden; a concert during “The Pomeranian Days” in Bremen, Germany; “Music and Architecture Festival” in Toruń, Poland; The 1st International Hanseatic Convention in Goleniów, Poland; Gala of the 30th Polish Film Academy Awards Gdynia 2005, transmitted live by the Polish Television Channel II.

The members of Hevelius Brass are laureates of The 6th National Wind Ensembles Competition organized by prof. Roman Siwek ,The F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and The Ministry of Culture. They have also been awarded the 1st prize in The Young Musicians Forum, a competition organized by The Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, The Baltic Cultural Center, St. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and “Musica Mundi” foundation with its creator, Barbara Bielecka.

Hevelius Brass had the privilege to perform with Illinois Brass – a terrific American ensemble which is probably the oldest group of this type dating back to the XIX century. Its members are great musicians and professors from The United States. One of them is Ronald Romm, a long-time member of the famous Canadian Brass.

The group is based upon the idea of constant improvement in the ability to play and perform. That is why they took part in the master courses of Blekinge International Brass Academy in Karlskrona, Sweden.

15 January 2007

Michael B. Nelson

Michael B. Nelson (trombone) has distinguished himself as leader, arranger and trombonist for the Hornheads, the a capella jazz horn group. In addition to receiving the McKnight Composers Fellowship in 1996, he has composed and arranged for Prince and many international artists and has toured world wide with Prince. His trombone credits include performances with Doc Severinsen, Chaka Khan, Lenny Kravitz, Ben Sidran, Sammy Davis, Jr., Phil Upchurch and many others.
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13 January 2007

Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Netherlands)

In 2003, when the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra did not make its usual yearly tour to the United States, the American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra decided to invite the brass section to give concerts and master-classes in the United States. The brass section had been performing in various formations for many years but never all together (trumpets, horns, trombones and tuba). As a result of a very successful tour to New York and Philadelphia with master-classes at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, the brass section was so enthusiastic that they decided to perform more often together. The aim of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass is to show music students and audiences the versatile repertoire of brass instruments in various combinations by means of concerts and master classes. These formations can vary from quartet to a large ensemble of 20 players, sometimes complemented by percussion. The RCO Brass had great success in 2004 at the Canal Festival in Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philips Hall in Eindhoven.
The RCO Brass was on tour again in May 2005. They were in the United States, where they played a joint concert with the famous brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago’s Symphony Hall. In addition master-classes were given at Drake University in Des Moines and Northwest University in Chicago. Nick Woud, solo timpanist of the RCO and composer wrote a new piece for the brass ensemble especially for this tour.
When the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was on tour in the United States In February 2006, the RCO Brass stayed on and gave two enthusiastically received concerts and a master class in New York.
In July of that of that same year they performed at the “Central European Festival”, a leading festival especially oriented towards audiences in Bavaria, Saxony and the Czech Republic. The RCO Brass played two concerts there, one of which was broadcasted live by Deutschland Kultur Radio. Read more...

10 January 2007

Hora Decima (USA)

The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is dedicated to the presentation,promotion, and preservation of music for brass instruments. In today'sworld of the internet, MTV, videocassettes, and synthesizers, accousticinstrument groups face stiff competition. While there are many smallerbrass groups performing today, the appearance of a large brass ensembleis a rare event. Sometimes symphony orchestras will feature their brasssections in one or two selections in an orchestra concert, but fullconcert programs by large brass groups are seldom heard outside ofcollege music departments. The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is the onlylarge brass ensemble of professional players in the New York City areathat plays together on a regular basis.
Founded thirteen years ago by trombonist David Chamberlain, theHDBE began as a workshop experience for professional players to enjoybrass literature. The most common reaction of the musicians was, "Wow,I haven't had a chance to do this since I was in school!"
Regular monthly readings led to a desire to share this great sound withthe public. The HDBE has appeared at the New York Brass Conference andseveral area churches and universities. Members of the group haveperformed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,Orchestra of St. Luke's, Fairfield Orchestra, several Broadway shows,recordings, and with such artists as Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, andTito Puente.

"Within the first few seconds of the Widdoes, the listener knows that this is something special. [the Nilovic Double Concerto] is simply amazing. The recording quality for the entire CD is spectacular and all the performers sound superb."
-International Trumpet Guild Journal