Challenging perceptions, dissolving stereotypes, and generally rocking your world, the International Low Brass Trio’s first EP, The First Six, features 6 of their commissioned works and the piece that inspired the formation of ILBTrio: John Stevens’ Triangles.
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What’s on the EP?
Justin Rito’s An International Folk Trio
Taking inspiration from the international make-up of the trio, and set a folk song from each of our home countries: I. Rye Whiskey (United States), II. Taking Gair in the Night (Canada), III. Jones’s Ale (Australia). Premiered on January 5th, 2014.
Danny Clay’s De profundis
Commissioned during our time with the Guerrilla Composers Guild (of which Danny is a founding member). The title of his piece was inspired the “low” in International Low Brass Trio; De Profundis is Latin for “from the depths”. Premiered on November 15th, 2013 in collaboration with GCG
Drew Phillips’ Motivic Momements
Gabe met Drew in 2013 at a brass summer camp, and Jeff & Jess met him the following year at the same camp. When Drew heard that we were looking for new music, he asked if he could write us a piece, and our response was basically “How soon can you get it to us?”. We premiered on October 15th, 2013
Matthew Joseph Payne Tolerances
Written for low brass trio and Gameboy, Tolerances is the first piece we’ve performed with another instrument. We were very excited to work with Matt when we heard some of his music, and the interplay between the Gameboy and our instruments is really exciting! We also premiered on November 15th, 2013 in collaboration with GCG.
Lillian Yee’s The First Six
When Lillian applied to work with ILBTrio she told us she was going to write a mix between Satie & Bossa Nova. We were sold. In two movements, Lillian’s piece traverses a variety of moods meant to depict the first six months of a new relationship.
This too was premiered on November 15th, 2013 in collaboration with GCG.
Nick Benavides’ Prelude & Fugue on ‘Old Friends’
As a founding member of the Guerrilla Composers Guild, Nick wrote us a piece for our collaboration this past Fall with GCG. He decided to write a prelude and fugue (which he had never done before) that is loosely based on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Old Friends”.
premiered on November 15th, 2013 in collaboration with GCG
John Steven’s Triangles
This piece was the reason that ILBTrio formed, and is the first piece that we ever played together (and one of the few original pieces that we still play today!). The quintessential low brass trio piece, our first recording of this was also our first Youtube video!
The recording of this album was made possible by these generous donors to our Indiegogo campaign:
Jonathan Baker, Gilbert & Linda Benavides, Nick Benavides, Brenton Brockhouse, MaryClare Brzytwa, Missy Camp, Rebecca Chessman, Jillian Christoff, Jo Clutterbuck, Adam Cockerham, Brian Dittmer, Sue & Don Dittmer, Bernice Dodd, Elyena Drysdale, Victoria Ellam, Per Forsberg, Dorothy Gatland, Kara Gibbons, Andrew Hill, Andrew Hitz, Emily Hoffner, Greg Hunt, Just another NOBLE Trumpeter, Roger Kingaby, Christy Kim, Mark Lawrence, Brandon LePage, Elisabeth Lowry, Jamie MacKay, Daniel Maxwell, Jarret McCourt, Lara Mitofsky Neuss, Laura Page, Drew Phillips, Rebecca Plack, Lauren Quimby, Brittany Rance, Trine Sorensen, Camas Stredder, Jonathan Szin, Steve Taylor, Peter Wahrhaftig, Patricia Wheaton, Billy Whitcomb, Erin White, Asuka Yanai