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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 7:00pm

Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble

Festival of New Trumpet | Philadelphia

Taylor Ho Bynum (USA), cornet
Jean-Luc Cappozzo (France), trumpet
Franz Hautzinger (Austria), trumpet
Joe McPhee (USA), trumpet
Itaru Oki (Japan/France), trumpet
Herb Robertson (USA) , trumpet
William Parker (USA), bass
John Betsch (USA/France), drums

Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with the New York-based Festival of New Trumpet (FONT), is pleased to present the first annual FONT Philadelphia mini-festival showcasing three adventurous projects. Curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Dave Douglas.

Throughout its six year history, The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) has been dedicated to expanding the repertoire of contemporary creative brass music, and stretching listener pre-conceptions about the musical capabilities of the trumpet and the stylistic boundaries of genre. FONT’s mission is to celebrate and contribute to the diversity of contemporary music through the medium of the trumpet, and it has come to be recognized as one of New York City's most exciting and adventurous events, described by New Yorker Magazine as “a grand highlight of the musical season.”

With a who's who of internationally-renowned improvising musicians including drummer John Betsch, best know for his decades-long association with Steve Lacy, the Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble features six exceptionally innovative trumpeters. A Frank Zappa favorite, the Meridian Arts Ensemble with guest soloist Dave Ballou will premiere David Sanford’s Seven Kings, a multi-movement work for brass quintet and trumpet soloist inspired by the complex interplay in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. And, the Chicago Underground Duo with Rob Mazurek (Isotope 217, Stereolab, Tortoise) and Chad Taylor (Iron and Wine, Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot) will make a rare visit to celebrate the release of Boca Negra, their fifth recording for Thrill Jockey Records.  

The Open Circuit project has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America and French American Cultural Exchange’s CMA/FACE French-American Jazz Exchange Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Florence Gould Foundation, SACEM, Cultures France, and FMEO – Le Bureau Export de la Musique Francaise.

Meridian Arts Ensemble + Dave Ballou
John Ferrari, drums
Daniel Grabois, horn
Benjamin Herrington, trombone
Brian McWhorter, trumpet
Jon Nelson, trumpet
Raymond Stewart, tuba
Dave Ballou, trumpet

"I would advise anybody who is in the vicinity of this group, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, if you see that they're playing in concert in your town, please go and see them. They're excellent. It's a brass quintet; they have wonderful intonation, excellent rhythm, and a good style to what they play." -Frank Zappa

This eclectic new music ensemble will be joined by trumpeter Dave Ballou to present the world premiere of David Sanford’s Seven Kings, a multi-movement work for brass quintet and trumpet soloist inspired by the complex interplay in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.

The David Sanford commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Commissioning Program, with funding generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Chicago Underground Duo
Rob Mazurek, cornet + electronics
Chad Taylor, percussion

Cornetist Rob Mazurek (Isotope 217, Stereolab, Tortoise) and drummer Chad Taylor (Iron and Wine, Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot) will celebrate the release of Boca Negra, their fifth recording for Chicago’s Thrill Jockey Records. The longstanding group is known for its adventurous explorations of sound and texture, fueled by the musicians’ ability to bring more than a dozen different instruments, as well as programmed sounds, into the mix on their recordings. Its music draws on elements such as modern composition, free-form improvisation and avant-rock.