Next Monday, April 3rd, Kirsten Warfield will hold a one-day residency at Colorado State University.
The first female to win a job in the “Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band, Warfield also plays in the band Black Masala and is the competitions coordinator for the American Trombone Workshop.
The Brass Herald‘s new February, 2017 issue continues a series started in December, 2015. Titled “Ladies of Brass,” the February publication features the trombone section of the Monarch brass on its cover. The 92-page magazine also includes a five-page interview with virtuoso tubist Joanna Ross Hersey and content written by the Monarch Brass, the IWBC, the Seraph Brass, and Amy Schumaker Bliss, and Mary Galime (of the Alliance Brass). Continue reading →
Trombonist and IWBC Past-President, Maureen Horgan, is announcing the recent release of her recording Moe’s Bit o’ Blues. Ms. Horgan is currently Professor of Music in Low Brass at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. The recording includes commissions and favorite works by composers Perry Goldstein, Douglas O’Grady, Jonathan Santore, Kenyon Wilson, Robert Suderberg and Richard Zarov. The diverse compositions presented are for a number of different instrumentations: trombone and piano, brass quintet, trombone quartet; trombone, flute and electronics; and trombone and electronics. Other performers on the recording include Scott Hartmann, Julie Josephson, Don Robinson, John McElroy, Bart Jones, David Saunders, Kenyon Wilson, Lisa Bartholow, and Connie Cheesebrough. The CD is available from Ms. Horgan’s web site at www.maureenhorgan.com, Centaur Records (http://centaurrecords.com) or from other online stores (search for ‘Moe’s Bit o’ Blues).
The CDs available on Horgan’s website include signed copies! The website also features sound clips of tracks from the new album, including Perry Goldstein’s spectacular Passage, for trombone quartet (2001).
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of hearing the words “International Women’s Brass Conference” on public radio!
This month, in honor of Women’s History Month, central Ohio’s Classical 101 radio station has been publishing an excellent series. The station’s “Women of Brass” has featured the Seraph Brass, the Stiletto Brass, and Genghis Barbie so far, and has aired recordings by female brass musicians on Saturdays and Tuesdays all month. It’s great to see a prominent radio station supporting women brass musicians so overtly; classical radio shies away from innovation and mold-breaking. Shout-out to WOSU for proving that needs not be the case.
via Norway.org: The ten-piece ensemble fronted by trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth is set to embark on its first U.S. tour this spring!
tenThing, a Norwegian ten-woman brass ensemble has performed brass ensemble music to the highest standard since its founding in 2007. Helseth and three of her trumpet friends founded the group after watching a string orchestra concert, because they wanted to match that caliber of ensemble performance on brass instruments. The group plays entirely original arrangements and sometimes also uses choreography.
Hear them play and check if they’re coming to your town below the break! Continue reading →
This past October, WBUR Boston published a great story about The Original Pinettes in anticipation of the band’s Honk! performance. All-female brass bands are a growing phenomenon, bringing the awesomeness of women playing brass to festivals, parades, and the streets. This blog has historically focused on classical and jazz performers, but I want to take this opportunity to branch out and highlight these incredible musicians!