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Forner, Lloret Teach Students

Monday, January 13th, 2014

We love seeing musicians from around the world making music on our instruments. We love it even more when they pass on their passion to young students. Recently, Marcos Forner and Antonio Lloret presented a masterclass at the Sociedad Musical Santa Cecilia de Requena in Spain. Marcos is a trombone teacher at the Professional Conservatory in Utiel and Antonio is the trombone soloist of the Orquesta de Extremadura. They are also teachers at the Sanganxa Music Store and play the T396-A.

The masterclass had 17 participants ranging in ability from beginner to professional. The day included a group warmup, individual lessons, chamber music sessions, and ended with a group performance.

Trombone Masterclass

Craig Mulcahy Video Interview

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

We recently featured Craig Mulcahy as our May artist of the month. As a follow-up, Craig sat down with Chris Branagan to discuss his music career, taking auditions, and equipment.

As a bonus, we get to hear Craig sounding great while warming up for a rehearsal.

Our favorite line…

“I can’t say that I was ever happy with any audition I’ve ever played, but I’ve been fairly satisfied with the results.”

David Taylor is Not Complacent

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Dave TaylorDavid Taylor’s versatility as a musician is apparent when you look at his gig calendar. He’ll be covering many parts of the globe in the next few months, so if shows up in your area, be sure to go hear him perform. You’ll never play your Bordognis the same way again.

Before we get to the gigs, check out this entertaining interview Dave recently had with Michael Davis. Dave tells some great stories in a way that only he can tell them.

Onto the gigs…

Today and tomorrow (April 5 & 6), Dave will be playing with the New York Philharmonic on their CONTACT series.

On April 12, will be in Buffalo for A Musical Feast where he’ll perform his new piece, Song and Dance for Bass Trombone and Piano. ArtVoice did a feature on Dave where he talks about the new work.

After that, Dave is heading to Klagenfurt, Austria on April 17-21 to premiere Three Songs and a Dance, his new concerto for string orchestra. He’ll also present a masterclass, perform a duet with Dietmar Kublock (Vienna Philharmonic), and perform a solo piece on a concert.

Dave will then take part in the Charles Mingus 91st Birthday Celebration on April 22.

On May 5, Dave will perform with the International Street Cannibals at St. Marks Church in NYC.

The following week, Dave will head to Los Angeles to perform with Daniel Schnyder, Kenny Drew Jr., and the Pacific Orchestra.

Finally, Dave will perform with the Mark Morris Dance Co. in Ojai, CA on June 8-16.

Brian Allen Moving Right Along

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Pretty amazing spring for a trombonist in Mexico. Played Vive Latino (biggest rock festival in Latin America) and recorded a new album for RareNoise Records with Brainkiller. Played all over the country with Brainkiller, A Love Electric and legendary percussionist Cyro Baptista. Beautiful festivals and venues in Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Chiapas, Durango, Tobasco, Guadalajara, Queretaro, Puebla, Morelia, Aguascalientes and Mexico City. A solo concert. A short US West Coast run. Tomorrow, opening for Peter Brotzmann in the world-renowned Aural Festival.

Thursday, I head to Europe for a week of teaching and playing:

  • Friday, May 11
    Luzern Conservatory, Switzerland
  • Monday, May 14
    Porgy & Bess with Christian Radovan (trombone), Alois Eberl (trombone, accordion) and Se-Lien Chuang (bass recorder)
    Vienna, Austria
  • Tuesday, May 15
    JIM Institute for Jazz and Improvised Music at Anton Bruckner University, Linz Austria
  • Thursday, May 17
    Prague Conservatory, Czech Republic
  • Friday, May 18
    Jazzdock with Mark Aanderud (piano) and Tomáš Hobzek (drums)
    Prague, Czech Republic

Thank to Edwards for sponsoring these workshops.

Here are a few videos of Brainkiller at Vive Latino.

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Horowitz Reviews Taylor

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Joe Horowitz’s review of Dave Taylor’s performance of “Schubert Uncorked” with the PostClassical Ensemble is an entertaining read. Here are some of our favorite lines:

“Following a wayward trombonist at the piano is a lot simpler than chasing him with an ensemble in tow.”

“The sheer virtuosity of Taylor’s command of Schubert acrobatic showpiece was never in doubt – he can play it, and beautifully. But Taylor’s virtuosity is divinely wed to an idiosyncratic musical personality wholly his own. A lot of head-shaking and head-scratching followed that dress rehearsal.”

“None of us had anticipated the shock of “Doppelganger” in this context – it was Taylor’s first opportunity to open up and blast us full force. In the audience, bodies bobbed as if electrocuted. Watching the response of the musicians onstage was a rare pleasure: I have never seen members of an orchestra react as vividly, or visibly, to a soloist’s entrance as on this occasion.”

Not that we need extra incentive to hear Dave play, but Joe’s writing really makes us wish we had been in the audience.

Marshall Gilkes Releases Sound Stories

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Marshall Gilkes’ Sound Stories will be available on March 6. In addition to Marshall, the CD features Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; and Eric Doob, drums. Let’s all buy the CD and support Marshall so he’ll keep recording great music!

Upcoming Dave Taylor Performances

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Dave Taylor will be performing two upcoming concerts in Washington, DC. First up is a performance with Kenny Drew, Jr. and Daniel Schnyder:

Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 8:00 & 10:00pm
Bohemian Caverns Nightclub
11th & U Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $20 addvance, $25 door
More info »

In March, Dave returns to DC to perform Schubert Uncorked with the PostClassical Ensemble. The group has commissioned a bass trombone and chamber orchestra version of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Georgetown University – Gaston Hall
37th and O St. NW
Washington, DC
Tickets $25 ($5 with student ID)
More info »

These promise to be fantastic performances. I’m sure Dave would appreciate a venue packed with receptive brass players!

Pagano Talks About the B502-D

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Dave Taylor, Gerry Pagano and Mark Hoelscher are helping Christan develop a fixed bass trombone. Watch the video below to see what Gerry Pagano has to say about it. And stay for the credits.

Haim Avitsur’s Challenge

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Do you know the tenor trombone solo rep? If so, you could get some free stuff from Haim Avitsur. In an effort to entertain and educate, he’s created a video of himself performing 33 excerpts from 25 solo works. If you know them all, then listen to the video below and email the pieces (in performance order) to Prizes include a $200 iTunes gifts card and eight other gift certificates to places like Sam Ash and Dillon Music.

And if you don’t know all of the pieces in the video, learn them!

Paul Tynan Fitting, Part 2

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

We recently posted the first video in a series featuring Christan and Paul Tynan in a fitting session. In part two, they work on matching the tuning slide to the valves and leadpipe. Part three is coming soon.

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