22 May 2011

Dallas Brass (USA)

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music.
In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East. They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and their music has been used numerous times on the television show, “The Young & The Restless.”

The ensemble has released six recordings: Debut, Dallas Brass II, A Merry Christmas with Brass, Windborne, Nutcracker and American Musical Journey. The Dallas Brass has a strong dedication to working with young musicians, frequently going into the public schools to present clinics and workshops for students of all ages.

08 April 2011

Trombones de Costa Rica

TROMBONES DE COSTA RICA, winners of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau ´s Special Price in Germany in 1999, is one of the most innovative and virtuosistic brass ensembles of the American Continent.

Since its foundation in 1991, TCR has distinguished itself for its clear projection to varied audiences through recitals and educational programs. The variety of this group’s repertoire is evident in their recordings entitled Contrastes, Imágenes, Trombonismos and Latinoamérica which present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. In addition, the ensemble has commissioned works from composers worldwide.

¨I can assure that the Costa Rican Trombone Quartet is one of the most interesting brass ensembles I have heard in years¨ said the famed saxophone virtuoso Paquito D´Rivera after witnessing a recording session of the ensemble.

TCR has traveled extensively throughout the American continent the Caribbean and Europe. In addition to ensemble recitals, TCR has performed as guest soloist ensemble with mayor ensembles such as the Costa Rican National Symphony, the United States Army Band, the Oregon State University Symphonic Band, the Carroll College Wind Ensemble, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, San José National Band and the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble.

International Trombone Festival June 2011 (USA)

Welcome to ITF 2011: 40th Anniversary in Nashville
''It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to ITF 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is where Henry Romersa started it all as the International Trombone Workshop 40 years ago. Some of you will remember the first nine years at Peabody College before it became part of Vanderbilt University and then another eight at Belmont College (now University).''

This year's 40th Anniversary ITF will honor the traditions of "Inspiring Virtuosity" with some of those folks who made the early International Trombone Workshops a success while pointing the way for the next 40 years with a line up that is truly inspirational.

Vanderbilt University and its Blair School of Music are proud to serve as the host site for ITF with nearby Belmont providing the venue for most of the Jr. ITF activities with Dr. Jeff Phillips in the lead. Music City is the home of all types of music with collaboration and cooperation being a local tradition that will be in full display during the Festival.


05 April 2011

Brass Quintet of the USAF Reserve

The Brass Quintet is the most versatile small ensemble of the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, they are equally at home performing everything from Renaissance and Baroque music all the way to jazz, popular music, marches and patriotic selections. The group is also dedicated to performing original compositions for Brass Quintet, frequently performing such pieces as David Sampson's "Morning Music," and Eric Ewazen's "Frost Fire."

A mainstay of the "Hay House in Music" chamber music series in Macon, GA, the Brass Quintet performs a variety of different community relations concerts throughout the southeast. All of the group's members are dedicated to music education, sharing their enthusiasm and expertise in a lively education program presented to young audiences across America. The Quintet also provides clinics and master classes to secondary school and college students. The Brass Quintet was featured in performance in 1999 & 2001 at the Brass Quintet Competition, 2000 Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, and Festival of the Americas in Athens, Georgia. They have worked with some of the best brass quintet artists in the industry, such as Atlanta Symphony Brass, Allan Dean, Fred Mills, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble.

Star Spangled Banner
Rollong Thunder

30 March 2011

Slide Factory (The Netherlands)

Spectacular opening on April 14 2011

Slide factory will start in a spectacular way on April 14 with the Opening Concert in the main hall of De Doelen. Among others, singer Nynke Laverman, jazz legend James Morrison and world famous trombonist Nitzan Haroz will give their best at this concert. This evening will bring all music styles, classical, new composed, world music and jazz, it is a blueprint of the festival. Single tickets € 15, - are available at De Doelen website.

15 February 2011

Axiom Brass (USA)

Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound”, the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” Winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea, the Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.

Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2010 Fischoff Educator Award. Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the USA.
Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the USA.

More info HERE

24 January 2011

Mnozil Brass in Holland

In the latest show of Mnozil Brass - Magic Moments - the seven masters bring the audience into ecstasy with quality brass music. With their superb arrangements and original compositions, the beautiful brass sounds come to full advantage.

Mnozil Brass brings theater to life with their musical show consisting of musical theater, entertainment, comedy and cabaret. An evening program with unprecedented musical talent.

Are you in Holland? Go to the show in theater Kunstmin Dordrecht. When? June 10, 2011.

The city of Dordrecht has existed since the year 1220 and is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Visit Dordrecht first and then go to the concert.

More info Here and Here

18 January 2011

Øystein Baadsvik

Ferry Tales is the name of Øystein Baadsvik's eight' CD.
It contains mostly new material but also creative arrangements of classics such as Somewhere over the Rainbow and Borodin's Prince Igor.
It is unlike anything you have heard before and took eleven years to complete.

17 January 2011

The Brasstrooper

Los Angeles Brass (USA)

The Los Angeles Brass Ensemble is changing the way music is performed and experienced. From trail blazing classical and jazz arrangements, to remarkable original compositions, to burning pop standards, the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble sets new definitions in brass performance while thrilling audiences with an entirely fresh and exhilarating musical experience that’s perfect for all ages.

With an eye popping size of 14 brass musicians, the Ensemble’s captivating and animated programming mixed with its quick-witted humor, beaming personality and intoxicating musical knowledge results in a thrilling concert of day or evening entertainment that is not to be missed. The Los Angeles Brass Ensemble eclipses the standard brass literature with an assortment of hair-raising arrangements and compelling original compositions that redefine the role of brass music. Whether through classical, jazz or pop, audiences of all ages are continually treated to an extraordinary musical event that is unparalleled in entertainment today.

The members of the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble have toured the United States, Europe and Asia providing entertainment for such icons as the Queen of England, Bill Gates, Merv Griffin and Disney-Japan, and have appeared in some of the most famous concert halls in the world including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Golden Horn Brass Quintet (Turkey)

Golden Horn Brass Quintet is a classical music band that is a first of its kind in Turkey. The first brass quintet of Turkey, consisting of 2 trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba; presents a brand new sound, quite different from the ordinary instrument combinations, to the audience. Even though knowing there are not many works or productions in the world for such a band, the five musicians going after the ‘difficult but beautiful’, request works from present Turkish composers, as well as having certain important pieces in the musical literature arranged for their band, from baroque to jazz.

Their goal is clear: with their different formation of copper instruments, bring a breath of fresh air to first the Turkish audience, then to the music that is in search of new sounds. GOLDEN HORN BRASS QUINTET was established in order to make the ‘copper wind instruments’ more popular via concerts, in 2004 by Begüm Gökmen (Azimzade), and started actively in July 2004. Keeping this goal in mind, the group which is meticulous on choosing programs, in addition to its colorful repertoire from baroque to the modern, has ordered compositions from many Turkish composers.

10 January 2011

Daniel Speer Brass (Hu)

The members of the band were educated in the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Pécs. Their repertoire is taken from the music of five centuries. They play renaissance ,baroque,classical romantic and contemporary pieces in concert halls ,churhs and also castles. They had a lot of successful concerts in Hungary and they gave excellent concerts in European towns and cities , like Sofia, Berlin, Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Trier, Paris and Bukarest.The Hungarian Radio and the Hungarian Television also recorded their play. The band often plays to students beside the public concerts. On these small concerts the students are able to get to know the instruments and it helps their musical education in a playful way.

The band took part in the „Subscrition Concerts for Youth” in the National Philharmony in several times. From 1997 Zoltán Péter gives an exciting tune with his drums to some piece of classical music (e.g. : renaissance dances) and to the rhythm of other lighter pieces. Jazz-treatments, marches, polkas, ragtimes and music for motion pictures colour the repertoire of classical music.In the show-performances a curiosity is the choreography of movements during their playing.

In spectacular scenes of the programme called „Operated Operas” the costumes and the parody raises a laugh in the audience. This is similar to the „Jazz-show” . These programmes are very popular in protocol events, for instance in receptions, congresses, parties and balls.The permanent guest artist of the band is jr. Tamás Katona in the open-air festivals from 2003. With the youngest and maybe the most talented blues guitar player of Hungary it is easy to sound blues, blues-rock, music for motion pictures or western arrangements. You can also recognize this colourful aspect on the casette and CD recordings. High standard and the love of the audience feature the music and thinking of Daniel Speer Brass.