ILBTrio & Percussion at Hot Air!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ll be playing at the Hot Air Music Festival on Sunday March 15, 2015! We’re going to premiere 2 new pieces for low brass trio and percussion by composers Danny Clay and Mario Godoy. Hot Air festival happens every year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and it’s a great day of free performances with a new music bent, and some awesome groups involved!

We’ve worked with Danny before in 2013 when we premiered his piece de profundis (we subsequently recorded it for our first EP!), and we’ve been looking for excuses to work with Mario since we heard his music! Although we’ll be premiering these two pieces at Hot Air, we have some more upcoming works for trio and percussion that we’ll be performing, along with these two pieces at a yet-to-be-determined date after March 2015!

Kyle Randall and ILBTrio

Kyle Randall

Kyle Randall

I’m Kyle Randall, and I’m psyched to be working with the International Low Brass Trio on this premiere! I’m a composer living in San Francisco, and I also do some work in the Bay Area as a recording engineer, a teacher, and a chorus singer/conductor. After this May, I’ll have a master’s in composition from San Francisco Conservatory, where I’ve studied with David Garner, as well as a bachelor’s from Harvard. In my free time I like to hike, ski, and dabble in things like rock climbing or squash, and when it comes to music genres I like, I can’t narrow it down any more than “everything”, as long as it’s good.

I’m originally from the Boston area, and just moved to San Francisco a year or so ago. It’s been amazing to see the new music scene is like out here. Everything about it is vibrant, from the music itself, which is generally more engaging and interesting than a lot of what’s going on back east, to all of the younger groups who want to play new music, and especially to the audiences who are open to whatever experience they might come across, and expect to enjoy the new music they hear.

This is all especially nice for me, as someone who writes music because I like it, and whose main goal is to write things that performers like to play and audiences want to hear. I write in as wide a variety of musical styles and genres as I can manage, from more “serious” concert music to film scores, to musical theater, and even to electronic dance music. One of the big reasons I came to the Bay Area was to be a part of this new generation of composers that seems to be emerging: one that doesn’t care so much about our place in musical history, or answering to the experiments of the 20th Century, but would much rather write something from our own experience as musical people who grew up in the huge and amazing mix of cultures and influences that our world has become.

It’s always fun for composers to write for a more unusual collection of instruments, but the ILBTrio is a little different. There’s something about a low brass trio that is innately balanced and just makes sense, so that the ensemble feels like a much older and tested concept than it actually is. To be one of the relatively few who have written pieces for a new and interesting instrumentation like that is a lot of fun. And to top things off, I couldn’t hope for a group of more excellent musicians or better people to work with. It truly has been a pleasure.

 

Check out Kyle’s website and his Soundcloud! We’ll be premiering Kyle’s piece this Saturday at a free concert in San Francisco.

December 13th concert

We’re so excited to be premiering 4 new works for low brass trio at our upcoming December 13th concert with Seventh Avenue Performances!

Premieres will include
Nathan Campbell‘s Satellite Games
Lucas Floyd‘s Cloud Music
Brandon Nelson‘s Cardiac Rhythms
Kyle Randall‘s Chorale and Dance

We’ll also be performing recently commissioned works from Erik BranchKyle Hovatter, Shahab Paranj, Drew Phillips & Collin Whitfield!

More info?

 

 

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Our excellent friend Nick Benavides (of Guerrilla Composers Guild) will be recording the concert for us. He was our recording engineer for our recent EP release, The First Six. Take a look at his page and get in contact with him if you’re looking for someone to record for you!

Stars & Stripes PDF Sheet Music Free

We all want some J.P Sousa in our lives. Perfect for Weddings, Concerts, and imitating marching bands, this arrangement of Sousa’s Stars & Stripes Forever requires a very excellent trombonist (for the piccolo solo at the end, obviously)!

It’s free, download it and play it. We’d love to see YouTube videos (or snapchats)!

Stars and Stripes FOREVER Score

Stars and Stripes FOREVER Horn in F

Stars and Stripes FOREVER Trombone

Stars and Stripes FOREVER Tuba

Trollin’ the Tuba by Robbie Ellis

I’m a composer. Jess Rodda is a tuba player. I know her because we both studied in the same place for a while, though not at the same time. One day she asked me over Twitter whether I’d write a short piece for her brass trio. At the precise moment she tweeted me, I was having difficulty turning a playscript into a singable libretto. Trolling the Tuba is therefore a fruit of procrastination.

It’s a ragtime where the bottom instrument has the melody and the middle instrument has the bass most of the time. Jess told me her trombone player has no triggers on his instrument, but he’s got quite a good low end. I use heaps of fundamentals and ask him to fake an Eb in 8th position, when a slide trombone only allows for seven positions all up. The horn part I suspect to have an unreasonable number of notes above the stave… and below the stave too, for that matter. The tuba part is pretty silly and quite high and fiddly, except when it isn’t.

– Robbie Ellis, 29 March 2013.
Programme note typed at The Perfect Cup Café, 4700 Damen Ave, Chicago IL 60625.
At the time of writing, the composer doubted his piece would ever be performed in public. (here

Bay Area Composer-palooza

We’re so excited to be premiering 4 new works for low brass trio at our upcoming December 13th concert with Seventh Avenue Performances!

Premieres will include
Nathan Campbell‘s Satellite Games
Lucas Floyd‘s Cloud Music
Brandon Nelson‘s Cardiac Rhythms
Kyle Randall‘s Chorale and Dance

We’ll also be performing recently commissioned works from Erik BranchKyle Hovatter, Shahab Paranj, Drew Phillips & Collin Whitfield!

More info?

 

 

nick

 

Our excellent friend Nick Benavides (of Guerrilla Composers Guild) will be recording the concert for us. He was our recording engineer for our recent EP release, The First Six. Take a look at his page and get in contact with him if you’re looking for someone to record for you!

St Dominic’s in SF

We’ll be at St Dominic’s in SF this Friday from 7:30pm premiering new works by Collin Whitfield, Kyle Hovatter, and Erik Branch. We’ll also be performing an arrangement by Australian Composer Michael Bakrnčev, and works by Italian contemporary composer Saglietti, and Bernhard Krol, who was a horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Collin WhitfieldChorale and Fanfare
Wanted to write a piece that was exciting and energizing from the first downbeat. I chose to contrast this energetic opening with a more relaxed chorale theme; after this theme is introduced, the opening fanfare is hinted at but not stated completely. It doesn’t return in full form until the chorale has been varied and expanded. Ultimately, both themes are juxtaposed in the last few bars to satisfy a thematic unity that is hinted at throughout.

Kyle HovatterStrength, my failing heart
Tinkering with the regular Lutheran hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” by Lowell Mason, the title is a line from one of the stanzas. In my own experience, each passing wave of faith and then doubt has had larger and larger reciprocations. This trio is a personal representation of those swells.

Erik BranchTrois petites danses pour trio de cuivres bas
The “Trois Petites Danses,” written at the end of September 2013, are a set of charming (at least I think they are charming) and accessible soufflés whose total duration is about 4 1/2 minutes. They try to suggest tunes that might have been heard in one of the less seedy Parisian dancehalls circa 1920 (hence the inclusion of the relatively less-known Maxixe and Java), and their style may suggest (but not slavishly) the influence of Poulenc and Milhaud to a certain degree.
1. La Maxixe
2. La Valse Lente
3. La Java

EP, ‘The First Six’


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. 

 

Click here to purchase the EP.

 

What’s on the EP?

Justin Rito composing for ILBTrio

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.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

Our Youtube-iversary

Youtube was kind enough to remind us that it was our 1 year anniversary of uploading our first video this week! Our Youtube page is pretty full of stuff (hopefully more stuff when I edit the videos that we took during our recording sessions!). Our recording of John Steven’s Triangles has almost 1700 views! and a year later, we’re still playing it (and changing our minds about how it should go!).