Challenging perceptions, dissolving stereotypes, and generally rocking your world, ILBTrio leaves classical arrangements behind and immerses audiences in new music inspired by the resonance and versatility of brass instruments. Jeff Dittmer (horn, from London, Canada), Gabe Cruz (trombone, from Alameda, California), and Jess Rodda (tuba, from Mildura, Australia) formed ILBTrio in 2012 with the intention of focusing on 20th- and 21st-century music for brass. This focus on new music has lead them to collaborate with numerous composers; to date they’ve performed a US premiere, 2 West Coast premieres, and 16 world premieres.
In 2013 they launched a successful Indiegogo campaign to fundraise toward an international tour to Canada & Detroit, recording and publishing their first EP, and attending the 2014 Chamber Music America conference in New York. Their upcoming EP – The First Six, due to release on August 24th, 2014 – features original works written for ILBTrio by Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Matthew Joseph Payne, Drew Phillips, Justin Rito, and Lillian Yee, as well as the piece that inspired the formation of ILBTrio: John Stevens’ Triangles. They’re currently working with 11 more young composers and will premiere these new works during their ‘14-15 season.