20 July 2015

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

--> The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. A veritable "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, associate artists have appeared on the world's most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, "All Things Considered."

--> On October 10 they play at the Festival internazionale perottoni di Merano (It) during their European tour. They also play in Trento (Italy) and Ossiach (Austria).

16 July 2015

Golden Horn Brass (Turkey)

Golden Horn Brass is a classical music band that is the first of its kind in Turkey.  The first brass quintet of Turkey, consisting of 2 trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba; presents the audiences a brand new sound, quite different from ordinary instrument combinations.  Despite the global scarcity of musical pieces available for this type of a band to play, the five musicians that make up the band decided to pursue the “difficult but beautiful” road, following their dream.  The band plays music specially composed by Turkish composers at the request of the band, as well as world- famous music, from baroque to jazz genres, adapted specifically for the group to play.The group has the goal of bringing a breath of fresh air to first the Turkish audience and then to audiences in search of new sounds, through the use of their unique composition of copper instruments.  GOLDEN HORN BRASS was established in 2004 by Begüm Gökmen , with the goal of widening the popularity of ‘brass instruments’ through concerts, and has been performing in Turkey since July, 2004.Staying true to their mission, the band has been meticulous in their selection of concert pieces.  In addition to their already colorful repertoire ranging from baroque to modern tunes, the Quintet performs specially written pieces ordered from several Turkish composers as well.Concerts of the BRASS group contribute to the introduction of sound of BRASS instruments  to a wider audience, after the trials of other different quintets in the past.  In 2007, the band did another first by a series of concerts, under the title of “educational concerts” by performing at elementary schools and aimed to be pioneers in this area.
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14 April 2015

Ric Becker

Born and raised outside Philadelphia, PA, Ric Becker was exposed early on to many diverse styles of music ranging from downtown jazz jams to local punk/ska bands. Though he picked up the trombone in order to join the local youth orchestra, the instrument has since taken him in many directions. Esteemed for his strong solos and section playing, Ric is a versatile player who is equally comfortable in jazz, classical, and rock idioms.
In 2004 he moved to New York City to study at the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of David Finlayson and David Taylor. While at Mannes, Ric continued to explore more types of music, and was soon playing regularly in clubs in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a member of Reverend Billy’s Not Buying it Band, he toured the US for the feature documentary “What Would Jesus Buy” (dir. Morgan Spurloch) in addition to a twelve month residency at the Highline Ballroom. Following his graduation in 2008, he continued to branch out, performing at the Verona Jazz Festival with Bobby Sanabria’s Afrocuban Orchestra and touring the US and South America with ska legends The Toasters. Ric currently tours several times a year as a member of The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and the experimental psychomambo big-band Gato Loco Coconino, playing clubs and major festivals around Europe and the Americas. He also performs frequently in and around New York City with Amour Obscur, a rising star in NYC’s underground nightlife.

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13 April 2015

North East Brass Ensemble (UK)


North East Brass Ensemble was formed in 2013 and consists of performers residing within the North East of England. The ensemble usually perform as nine piece brass with percussion from a wide range of repertoire. However, they have performed several concerts as a brass quartet. The ensemble consists of present and former members of the country's leading brass bands.  Performers have illustrious musical experiences including guest and soloist appearances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, solo album recordings, live television and radio broadcasts, world tours and performances within the world's finest concert venues, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.

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11 February 2015

Romanian Brass Ensemble

The Romanian Brass chamber group was formed by the elite of the brass wind instrumentalists of the Symphonic Orchestra of the George Enescu Philharmonic. The initiator of this ambitious project was Adrian Petrescu, prime oboist of the Bucharest Philharmonic and a musician with an impressive national and international career.
The unique composition of the group, the enthusiasm of the interpreters and their professional competence and passion were some reasons for explaining the great success registered with the first concerts of the group.
Their repertoire, constantly enriched, covers reference scores of pre-Classical, Classical, Romantic and contemporary music as well as Sacred and Entertainment music. Romanian Brass often plays works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Gabrielli, Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Strauss, Wagner, Bruckner, Elgar, Ravel, Gershwin, Enescu, Hazzel, Parker, Brubeck, J.van der Roost, Copland and D. Dediu.
Under the baton of conductor Adrian Petrescu, the brass wind instrumentalists of Romanian Brass pay homage to the great music of all époques and recorded in 2007 their first compact disc by the name of "Solemn Entry".