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.
(Trombones online)

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