Electro-Brass at Durham Brass Festival 2014: electronic music meets brass music!

by caro on July 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Electro-Brass logo by Andrea Pazos

Excited to announce a new piece of music that myself and Eve Harrison (trumpeter, classical composer) have come up with for Durham Brass Festival 2014 which takes place in July.

Electro-Brass is a commission by Durham Brass Festival through their Brass:Pitch commission series which looks at fresh perspectives on Brass Music. Given my love of playing with found sounds, I was particularly interested in recording the non-musical sounds of a brass instrument – such as the valve actions and the nice pings the instruments make – and then using them as a palette for electronic music textures, drums and percussion. And I got a surprisingly nice kick drum from the trumpet after some creative studio sculpting.

I will be playing these banks of sounds live alongside a brass trio – Eve Harrison (trumpet), Helen Beauchamp (French horn) and Matt Krening (Euphonium). Over approximately 15 minutes, we aim to take the audience on a journey from non-musical inner mechanical sounds of the brass instruments through pure, lyrical brass melodies and harmonies culminating in uplifting, beat-led classical and electronic music fanfare.

So, if you are based anywhere near Durham, our performances will take place on Sat 12 & Sun 13 July. For more info see the Electro-Brass page on the Durham Brass Festival site.

We intend for the piece to be played elsewhere after the festival – so do look out for opportunities to experience this rare musical journey :-)

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