Saturday, December 29, 2007

Couple of nice concerts played in last few days

First one was on 23/12 with University Symphonic Winds Ljubljana. The guest was Alenka Gotar. She represented Slovenia at Euro vision in Helsinki this year. We played:

The Rossenkavalier: R.Strauss, arr J.Cober*
Henry V.: Patrick Doyle, arr.J de Meij*
Aria from (bachianas Brasileiras No.5): H.Villa-Lobos arr: W.Herbert*
Ich gehor nur mir(Elisabeth-musical):Michael Kunze,arr: S.Felder*
Cvet z juga:Andrej Babić arr: Rok Golob#

* Slovenian premiere
# First performance



Second concert was on 27/12 with Simfonika Vrhnika, conductor Marko Fabiani. We played with violin player Anja Bukovec. We played in Grand hotel Union. The concert was sold out suddenly (about 900 seats). It was a beautiful concert. Guests: Vasilij Meljnikov, Jadranka Juras. Repertoire: Gershwin, Piazzollo, Sarasete, Williams...





http://www.triera.net/novica.php?id=A137341
http://www.anjabukovec.com

Friday, December 28, 2007

Philip Sparke - Tuba concerto

Domen told me about new Tuba Concerto (2006), written by Philip Sparke (Hanover Festival). I checked about it, but it seems to be a very difficult, but also very great piece. The concerto is available with concert band, brass band or piano accompaniments. Perhaps I will order the piano acc. soon. Check the mp3 samples, to hear amazing piece and performance.

http://www.justmusicuk.com/spweb/details.php?catno=JM46935

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Midwest Clinic in Chicago!

Our conductor (Wind band Idrija) Domen Prezelj, went to the Midwest clinic, to Chicago. Check their great website here: www.midwestclinic.com/ (Check very fresh videos!)

I hope he will bring us some nice music sheet!

Here are two nice photos, from their website!


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Three great concerts with Wind band Idrija!

We had three concert last week with our wind band. On Friday we played a exclusive repertoire for our great sponsor Hidria. It was a little bit different concert than usual. You can check two interesting youtube clips from there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVPVutW5zSA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVFK8Nk5wuk

Six of young musicians (including me) received some funds for further music studying. Thanks to Hidria again!

On Saturday and Sunday we played at Christmas concert in Sp. Idrija and in Idrija, like every year. Like I described in previous post I played solo, Concertino for tuba and band (James Curnow). On Saturday I played it good (not perfect). I was a little bit nervous and my mouth were dry. On Sunday I played it better and I was really satisfied (happy) with my performance. I am waiting for videos, which I will put on youtube!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Concert invitation for Wind Band Idrija

Please check out the "Concert invitation" for wind band Idrija (Powerpoint file). It is very beautiful.
I'll be playing a Concertino for tuba and band, composed by James Curnow. It is a beautiful solo.

Link will be here for 1 month:
http://files-upload.com/files/672397/vabilo_na_novoletni_koncert.pps

Hot Slovenian search words: GDRI, Godbeno društvo rudarjev Idrija, pleh, godba, muska, banda

IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT, CONTACT ME TROUGH EMAIL AND I WILL SEND IT TO YOU!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Great quote from maestro Markson...

"Forget about the paper in front of you! You don't need it. The Music... the Music will tell you what she needs. All that black stuff on the page on your stand there- that's her cage. Watch me! We'll set her free.... start at 5..." -Gerhard Markson (IYWO)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Solos for tuba and bands

This is the list of most famous Tuba concertos:

BARCODE
TITLE
COMPOSER
CATEGORY
GR.
PRICE

616955008437
*Gentle Annie
Foster, Stephen
VOICE OR VARIOUS INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
33
$55.00

685697225655
*Variations for Tuba and Band (The Liberty Song)
Brink, Paul R.
TUBA AND BAND
44
$65.00

LUDWIG20160528
Ave Maria
Schubert, Franz
VARIOUS SOLO INSTRUMENTS SACRED
33
$45.00

654979086307
Children of the World
Barnes/Smith
OPT STRINGS OPT CHORUS VARIOUS SOLO INSTRUM
3+
$60.00

029156012323
Christmas Concerto
Various
CHRISTMAS VARIOUS SOLO
32
$50.00

CLB012243900
Concert Rondo
Mozart, W.A.
HORN, TUBA OR EUPHONIUM
5
$55.00

SHAWNEK0296
Concertino for Tuba and Band
Bencriscutto, Frank
TUBA AND BAND
5
$90.00

073999039450
Concertino for Tuba and Band
Curnow, James
TUBA
55
$94.00

TRIOBO046
Concertino For Tuba And Concert Band
Wilhelm, Rolf
TUBA SOLO AND BAND
55
$120.00

DWICK1211WB0003
Concerto for Bass Tuba and Wind Orchestra
Vaughan Williams, R
TUBA AND BAND
55
$225.00

MASTERC0001
Concerto For Tuba
Ellerby, Martin
TUBA AND BAND
55
$192.00

BANDBC0128
Concerto for Tuba
Hidas, Frigyes
TUBA AND BAND
5
$225.00

9790050027782
Concerto For Tuba
Gregson, Edward
TUBA AND BAND
55
$150.00

THOMEDDC1U
Concerto for Tuba (Orig. Horn) No. 1
Strauss, Richard
TUBA
55
$119.50

MASTERA6712
Concerto For Tuba (Parts)
Broughton, Bruce
TUBA
5
$135.00

798408039844
Concerto for Young Artists and Band
Hilliard, Quincy
AA VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS SOLO
32
$45.00

685697218657
Concerto in F Major (Mvt. 1)
Capuzzi, Antonio
TUBA OR STRING BASS
54
$65.00

REIFTEMR1261
Csardas (C Minor)
Monti
VARIOUS SOLO INSTRUMENTS AND BAND
54
$125.00

MOL03097404
Der Alte Brummbar (The Old Bear With The Sore Head)
Fucik, Julius
TROMBONE/BASSOON/TUBA SOLO
4
$70.00

SHAWNER10187
Elephant, The from Carnival of the Animals
Saint-Saens, Camille
TUBA AND BAND
3
$40.00

073999199727
Fantasia For Tuba And Concert Band
Curnow, James
TUBA
4
$99.00

LUDWIG10160180
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Rimsky/Korsakoff
VARIOUS SOLO INSTR. & BAND
5
$55.00

SHAWNER10216
Four Temperments for Tuba
Brand, Michael
TUBA AND BAND
54
$110.00

RBC10111
Introduction and Dance
Bilik, Jerry
TUBA
54
$50.00

THOMEDDC14U
Le Basque
Marais, Marin
TUBA AND BAND
53
$35.00

LUDWIG20160534
O Holy Night
Adam
VARIOUS SOLO INSTRUMENTS CHRISTMAS
33
$56.00

674398204526
O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini, Giacomo
TUBA OPERA CLASSICS
44
$50.00

CLB012335000
Old Grumbly Bear
Fucik, Julius
BASSOON BASS CLARINET BARITONE SAX EUPHONIUM TUBA
43
$65.00

CLB012335500
Rondo For Solo And Wind Band
Mozart, W.A.
VARIOUS SOLO INSTRUMENTS
43
$65.00

685697212556
Sonata in Eb Major
Danzi, Franz
HORN OR TUBA AND BAND
43
$55.00

SHAWNEK0381
Suite for Tuba and Band
Haddad, Don
TUBA
54
$80.00

SHAWNER10195
Tapestry For Tuba
Brand, Michael
TUBA
43
$55.00

WIMAV238
Tuba Mirum
Schmidt, William
TUBA AND BAND
5
$80.00

9790051639915
Tuba Rhapsody
Grundman, Clare
TUBA & BAND
54
$115.00

WIMAV270
Tunes for Tuba Solo and Band
Schmidt, William
TUBA AND BAND
5
$70.00

SHAWNEK0335
Variations for Tuba and Winds
Frackenpohl, Arthur
TUBA & BAND
54
$40.00

SMCS537
Variations On A Theme By Robert Schumann
Schumann, Robert
BASSOON/TUBA/BASS CLARINET/EUPHONIUM/BARITONE SAX
43
$60.00

WIMWIM351
Variations On Carnival Of Venice
Arban, Jean Baptiste
TUBA & BAND
5
$58.00

029156989113
Willson Suite
Smith, Robert W.
EUPHONIUM/TUBA/BAND
54
$120.00

Another comment on IYWO concert!

This one I found at the homepage of Christopher Marshall, composer of great work Resonance! From (The Irish Times, Dublin, July 17, 2007)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Trombone player wanted!

We (Kar Ces Brass Band) are looking for another trombone player from Slovenia, who could/would play stuff like Youngblood brass band, serbian/gipsy music, new orleans street jazz. Music high school is recommended (because of difficulty). Info: www.karces.com / sinkovec.rok@gmail.com

This weekend we play in Cerkno (Franja), in Tuesday in Murska Sobota (MC). Come to check it out!

Music like below:






If links doesn't work properly, please go to:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=U5TLqG6aRNw
http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzRYaQuSZn4
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mmsGon2vLew

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Plans in next few days...

Today: instrument lesson, march concert (wind band Idrija), rehearsals

More this week: instrument lessons, rehearsals and recording solo for trombone & wind band (I'm getting sentimental - wind band Idrija), recording video, rehearsals with KCBB, rehearsals with UPOL, High School symphonic orchestra...

Next week: rehearsals and concert UPOL, rehearsals and concert with guys from AG (music academy)- Academic symphonic orchestra, many more rehearsals...
_____________________________

Program for UPOL concert:

A. Reed: Armenian Dances
A. Khachaturian:Waltz
Nad mestom se dani, vozi me vlak: J. Privšek, N. Bečan
D. Amram: En memoria de chano poso
Tolga Kashif: Queen symphony (inserts)

Concert will be on 1/10/2007 at about midday in center of Ljubljana

Another Youngblood BB video!

At youtube.com there was a new video published about week ago. It's not new (2005), but it is interesting to watch anyway. The festival where they played is called Big Chill. If you look carefully, you can see that every percussion player has his own cymbal. So, when the 'refrain' arrives they really find expression in it. I also like very original beginning and the solo(s) of the trombone player. Thing I don't like is saxophone solo. Not because of saxophone player, but because of missing tuba solo. I understand that present tuba player can't replace Nat Mcintosh just like that, but he could try anyway. Even these days, they still play Brooklyn without that tuba solo. What a pity!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yesterday concert!

Yesterday I went to Idrija castle to listen some great musicians. I wasn't disapointed. THIS is comment of TV (video).

Two great concerts with symphony orchestra Simfonika!

Last week I played with Simfonika from Vrhnika again. On Saturday we played in Skofja Loka, on Sunday in Cerkno. We played many famous arias. Our special guest was Janez Lotric. He is world famous tenor opera singer. It was truly amazing! In both events there was about 2500 listeners. You can check the TV comment here (4MB) Second guest was Vera Mlejnik. She sang very well too. The conductor of Simfonika in Marko Fabiani, also the Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia. I think he is very good conductor and musician! Damijan Bogataj was the producer and organizer of these 2 successful concerts. I've played with Simfonika about 6 times before and I hope I will play there again. When someone will publish any good photos from the concert I will publish them too.


Marko Fabiani

Janez Lotric

Vera Mlejnik

Several concerts since last post...

Hm... I must think a little bit...

Green Town Pleh Bend - concert in Bohinj (funny concert)

Wind band Idrija - funeral of trumpet player Ludvik Cibej
- playing for Slovene Liberation Front in Vojsko

Simfonika - Skofja Loka, Cerkno

Kar Ces Brass Band - Sebrelje picnic

Franci Vidmar Brass B. - Trnovšne picnic (Hahaha...)
Franci Vidmar Quartet - several (non)public rehersals (HAHAhaa...)

...and others

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Comment of IYWO concert

Dwayne Corbin

The International Youth Wind Orchestra (IYWO) was comprised of fifty students ranging in age from 18 to 25 from thirteen countries: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, and the USA. They were led by two conductors, Glenn Price from the University of Calgary, Canada, and Gerhard Markson, Principle Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin, Ireland. The choice of enlisting Markson was a strategic one of the WASBE board in order to build more connections between the wind ensemble “bubble” and the larger community of classical music.

The IYWO played remarkably. The repertoire presented was immensely challenging, and they had very little time to prepare it: just one week of rehearsals. The group sounded professional in all respects. I am certain that the students has a remarkable time working with two outstanding conductors, a world-famous soloist, and two composers, one of which was commissioned to write for the IYWO.

The highlight of the concert for me was Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, transcribed for band by Andrew Boysen Jr., and performed by Dame Evelyn Glennie. I have heard this work before, but Glennie’s performance brought the piece to a new level through her commanding performance that clearly communicated the essence of the work. Through this she was able to connect the more unusual elements of the piece into a logical whole.

The piece has two elements that are most unusual for a concerto. First is the fact that the soloist plays from the back of the orchestra for the first and third movement, coming to the traditional front of stage for the second movement only. This, according to Glennie, was due to the fact that the work was composed for Christopher Lamb, principle percussionist for the New York Philharmonic. Schwantner wanted to showcase not just the soloist, but also how the soloist works within the section. This is the second unusual aspect of the work: the soloist often plays ensemble passages, whether unison mallet parts in the first movement, or simple triangle and metallic percussion gestures in the second movement. Glennie used stage lighting and tall risers in order to create a more vibrant back-stage solo area, as well as spot lights to highlight her movement from one set-up to another. She had purple lights on her second-movement set-up, which is musically more reflective. Her body language helped the audience understand how her parts fit in, as ensemble or solo passages. Glennie played with great passion, grace, and fire, including a lengthy cadenza on drums in the final movement, and the audience received her very well.

The other four pieces on the program suffered by comparison to the Schwantner and each other. The works were in many ways too similar: rhythmic, well-crafted, post-tonal color-oriented works that would sound refreshing next to Grainger, Ives, Maslanka, Mendelssohn, or pieces in other styles, but began to sound dull when programmed together. In addition, after all the excitement that Sir Simon Rattle generated by his fresh interpretations of Grainger wind works, I was hoping to see a similar event with Markson. However, Markson chose or was assigned three contemporary pieces, eliminating this possibility.

John Estacio’s Frenergy opened the concert, a fast energetic work that still retained a nice sense of melody and lightness. It was performed with pleasant character, and was precise technically.

Resonance, by Christopher Marshall, opened the second half. It is one of the many pieces commissioned by Tim and Hilary Reynish in memory of their son, William. The work employs a variety of styles and sounds: gentle passages, a street march, dark—almost eerie—melodies, then closes with a chorale from which most of the earlier sections were derived. A listener could see it as either oddly fragmented or as a refreshing post-modern work, mixing styles without necessarily ascribing value to them. This work definitely merits further listening and study.

Ian Wilson was present for the première of his work Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel. He gave a pre-concert talk where he discussed his experiences writing the piece, his first for wind ensemble. The work was inspired by and named after the moons of Uranus, whose individual characters shaped the form or compositional ideas for each movement. The result was a complex, thick piece, dense with counterpoint and disjointed melodies. It was highly dissonant, and was difficult to grasp in the first hearing. This work was rehearsed by Markson in an open rehearsal, where he stripped the opening down to each individual line. These sections made much more sense to the listener, leading me to believe that, while difficult at first, Wilson’s work might come alive through multiple exposures.

Richard Rodney Bennett’s Morning Music was the final piece on the concert. As with all of Bennett’s work, Morning Music is superbly orchestrated, contains interesting harmonic structures, and keeps the listener’s attention. This work, based on the poetry of Wordsworth, contains seven movements: a prelude, five variations, and a finale. The IYWO performed it wonderfully.

from wasbe.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

WASBE conference photos!!

Here are some photos of me and people I've met in WASBE conference this month! I will write more about music in my next post. I met many more people, but I don't have photos of everyone. Here are just few...

Dennis Beck, me, Crystal Lee

Dennis Beck - Mr. Beck is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician, both in Canada and the United States. A chapter past president of Phi Beta Mu and a member of the College Band Directors National Association, he is also the Canadian chairman of the international Tri-M Honour Music Society. He served as a vice-president of the Alberta Band Association, was a founding director of the Ontario Band Association and is now the past president. His articles on music education have appeared in several professional journals including The Instrumentalist. He is a regular contributor to the highly regarded series of music texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, published by GIA in Chicago.
I've met Dennis on the train towards the Killarney. Amazing man, very kind, joker! I am so happy to know him!

Crystal Lee - Trombone player from Hong Kong. She was the first IYWO member I've met. Great girl!






Martin Ellerby, me, John Alden Stanley

Prof. John Stanley told me about WASBE conference about 2 years ago. He conducted our Idrija wind band, when we had 340 years anniversary. He conducted Irish tune from County Derry. He was the one and the first one who encouraged me for IYWO orchestra! We stayed in touch all the time. He is one of the greatest man I know!

Martin Ellerby, is a composer of international standing, whose works have been performed, broadcast and recorded to critical acclaim across Europe, Asia and the USA. His catalogue comprises compositions spanning a diverse range of media, including orchestral, choral, concert band, brass band, ballet, instrumental and chamber, together with a substantial number of commercial orchestrations and arrangements. Ellerby’s works are published extensively and recorded on over 75 commercial CDs to date. Key performances include the BBC Promenade Concerts, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and many major international festivals, including Edinburgh, Harrogate, Zurich and Kuhmo Chamber Music ( Finland).
Amazing composer! He (actually John did) gave me his invaluable gift - Tuba concerto (Piano reduction). It means very much to me! He also wrote the dedication for me!



Me and Dr. Glenn D. Price

Glenn Price- Dr. Price has an international reputation as one of the leading conductors of his generation. An active conductor on the international scene, Price has conducted professional and student orchestras and wind ensembles through out North America as well as in Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is the appointed Artistic Director for the International Youth Wind Orchestra, conducts the IMC Concert Orchestra and serves as the Principal Conductor for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. In addition to his appearances as a conductor, Dr. Price serves extensively as a prominent music educator, clinician, guest lecturer and speaker for a variety of professional organizations around the world.
One of our two conductors! Great man!!!




Me and Timothy Reynish
Timothy Reynish (with his wife Hilary) - I'm without words! Legend!! http://www.timreynish.com



Me and composer Oliver Waespi.

Oliver Waespi, the composer, was born in Zurich/Switzerland in 1971 and studied composition at the Musikhochschule Zurich and the Royal Academy of music in London. He received several composition awards, including the International George Enescu Composition Prize for Symphonic Music in 2003. He is a SPNM-shortlisted composer. Recent performers of his works include soloists like Oliver Darbellay or Pedro Meireles, the London Sinfonietta, the Landesblasorhester Baden-Wurttemberg, the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Bern, the YBS Band of brass players of the RNCM (Manchester), the Berne Chamber Orchestra and many others in numerous countries.
I was extremly impressed by his 25 minutes long work "Temples" composed in 2007!!!



Me and Juan Guillermo Ramirez -
Yamaha sales & Marketing Manager and big musician from Panama. Great man!! He gave me 2 Yamaha T-shirts and some more stuff!!



Me and Humberto Pailos from Spain who plays an Euphonium. He is crazy with it!! One of best friends I've met in IYWO! We both like Guinness!



Me and Aaron Yong, extremly good tuba player from Singapour (IYWO member)!



My roomate Mateusz Lupinski from Poland. Almost an IYWO member :) Pssst...



Me and Antonio Lajara Angel - He is excellent clarinet player and conductor from Spain (IYWO member).



Me and Josh van der Maaten from USA. Very good IYWO trombone player!



Low brass section!(We drink the most!) Sergio Camargo Pardo (bass trombone) is great man and good friend from Columbia!





Me and Pink! (almost)

Girls from Pink concert, which happened near the conference place.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Being in Killarney

I am currently in Ireland at WASBE conference! It is amazing!!! I will write news when I will come back!! And I will publish photos! Hear ya!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Mouthpiece - mouthpiece + lead pipe

This is the sound comparison of mouthpiece only and with leadpipe added. It is described in few posts behind (link). I was using mouthpiece Perantucci PT-88, helicon Amati leadpipe, and a crap microphone. You can hear that playing with the leadpipe is easyer and tone is louder.

http://www.wikiupload.com/download_page.php?id=153897

EDIT: Looks like it's something wrong with the link... I will try to repair it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Liptrainer

One of many things I saw at Musikmesse in Frankfurt was also a lips muscle trainer. Click on the first photo for details!! Anyway, I've decided not to order it, but to make it at home. So I took the kitchen ladle, I shaped it, added a little bigger female screw and elastics. See the end result at the photo!


I don't know if it's working like they say (read on first photo), because I don't use it yet. I will inform you with the results. It is probably more suggested for trumpet players, but I'm sure it's useful for us tuba players too.

Small tube on a bell!

If you have a new instrument or if you simply don't have good feeling when you put your instrument on ground (with bell touching it), then you should put this small elastic tube on the bell. From a distance anyone can't even see it. I also don't think that it have any influence on the intonation (maybe it has for smaller brass). I suggest you buy diameter 5 - 7 milimeters, length 2 meters.


My tube on my tuba!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

My Amati Bb (B-flat) helicon

This is my helicon. I use it for playing in Kar Ces Brass Band and for playing marches in wind bands (instead of sousaphone). It has pretty good sound, although it's intonation is doubtful at the moments. The tuning slides (pipes, tubes) are quite rusted, so I will have to clean and fix it soon. Anyway it's about 35+ years old, so all kind of people played on it. If you are selling a brass sousaphone (not plastic!!), let me know!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Successful concert with UPOL

Yesterday we had a great concert with University Symphonic Winds Ljubljana. As described before, we played the Queen Symphony. Our preformance was good, and people were suprised with our sound.

Here are two photos from the concert:


And link to some other beautiful high resolution photos from the practice:
http://upol.mojforum.si/upol-about35.html

Wednesday, May 23, 2007