Sunday, April 20, 2008
Mr. Manning had previously mentioned this clip of the Leningrad Cowboys, in which the group collaborated with the Red Army Choir to create quite a spectacle. Although this production is huge and effective (especially with each member of the choir having their own black version of a Madonna-like vocal microphone), I find the Leningrad Cowboys' rendition of "My Way" similarly inspiring. They have a fairly interesting website, also: Leningrad Cowboys
In a comment posted to an earlier post of mine, Peter had suggested that I post a blog about these rather famous tapes. Oddly enough, I first heard of these tapes on my first day as a music major as an undergrad. Easily quoted and often embellished, these tapes are simply notorious. Around 4:00 in the recording, he even threatens that he'll fire the entire band if he hears "one [freaking] clam." Around 7:50, a band member claims that one of his own arrangements or charts is the best chart in the book. Buddy Rich did not agree, and tells him to take his chart and leave. Pretty interesting stuff...How'd you like to play in his band?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I used to play at the Haufbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky (for money), and I really grew to like the style, regardless of its difficulties. I wasn't aware that the genre was one that found its way to music videos... and some pretty great trumpet playing. Don't be surprised if you see this on my recital next year!
I recently discovered that Karl Stockhausen's son, Markus Stockhausen plays the trumpet. I discovered this after Mr. Greenhoe had told me of a cadenza for the Haydn Trumpet Concerto which was written by Stockhausen for his son. I fell in love with the cadenza immediately and began investigating Markus Stockhausen as a trumpet player. It seems as if he currently has a successful career as a performer in the genre of (no shocker here) NEW music. It seems he is doing really innovative things with not only the music he performs, but also in the staging of it. Here is a link to his website.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Stephen Altoft recently came to Iowa to do a masterclass and recital. He is a European trumpeter who is primarily interested in new (VERY NEW) works for the trumpet and also works which utilize atypical tunings. He brought with him a variety of instruments and told us of the history of their construction. His initial exploration with quarter tones dealt with alternate fingerings. I found it irresistable to later try to develop an ear for such pitches. It's odd but definitely interesting... He has a very extensive website: The Microtonal Trumpet
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I've had this video saved for a long time... I know it is not related with brass, but their level of musician is the closest thing to perfection that I've ever seen or heard in a live performance. On a side note, I once saw Pinkas Zukerman hiss at someone. Good times.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Below is a link to the Takashima Laboratory at Hosei University in Japan. These people have constructed various computerized instrument-playing robots. I have to admit, it did give me an idea for my thesis proposal. I can see it now...
Konzert für Rote Roboterlippen, die Harfe von Juden, und Orchester (Concerto for Red Robot Lips, Jew's Harp, and Orchestra) by Joshua Thompson
Friday, January 25, 2008
Just in case you didn’t already run the risk of randomly having this song stuck in your head for months on end, Mnozil Brass makes it possible. This is quite an interesting group, which seems to take the “barber-shop quartet meets brass choir” approach. Enjoy, and try not to get caught whistling the “Mamma Mia Mamma Mia” part in the bathroom...that’s always awkward.