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UNCSA PRESENTS RHYTHM & BRASS:

“ON YOUR RADIO DIAL”

One-night only performance on October 26th at 7:30 pm at Watson Hall, UNCSA

Tickets $18-20. 336-721-1945

Performance is part of three-day residency October 25-27

 


(Oct. 7, 2013) WINSTON-SALEM, NC – "Beyond Category" was a term the great Duke Ellington used as the highest form of praise for those artists who transcended normal boundaries. Since their inaugural season in 1993, Rhythm & Brass has lived up to the ideal of a musical presentation that is not bound by time, geography or culture.

Rhythm & Brass fearlessly weaves original works and the music of J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Duke Ellington, and of course Pink Floyd into a single concert experience Oct. 26 in Rhythm & Brass: “On Your Radio Dial,” presented by the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). The performance is part of a three-day residency that includes several free public events.



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The press raves about Rhythm & Brass. “What a virtuoso display!...show-stopping, crowd-pleasing bravado...guaranteed to please all,” according to the Charleston Daily Mail, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said they are “Entertaining... accomplished... stylish... clever... distinctively different.”  Entertainment Weekly called them “... smart and deliciously off-centered ...,” and American Record Guide said they are “... nothing short of stunning ...”This is a one night only performance on October 26th at 7:30 pm at Watson Hall on the UNC School of the Arts campus, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets are $20 regular and $18 for students with valid ID. Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.

During their residency, the musicians will hold individual master classes with UNCSA brass students, which Music Dean Wade Weast says is a tremendous opportunity. “These are artists at the top of their game, and they are all excellent teachers as well,” Weast said. “So not only can they play beautifully, they can help our students improve their skills.”

Weast said the group’s skill set includes more than music making. “Professional musicians today must also be entrepreneurs. They must know how to market themselves, how to form and manage ensembles, commission new works, fund raise and develop audiences,” he said. “We’re thrilled these fine artists can supplement the professional skills that we teach in the School of Music every day.”

The six members of Rhythm & Brass live and teach in four states – New York, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. They maintain an active involvement in music education, frequently participating in major educators conferences and in residence at universities throughout the nation as well as summer music camps and festivals such as Bands of America and the Brevard Music Center.

After several years of full-time touring together, the members of Rhythm & Brass have each found a home in various university music programs: Charles Villarrubia (tuba): Senior Lecturer in chamber music at the University of Texas-Austin; David Gluck (percussion): Chair of Studio Composition, State University of New York-Purchase; Alex Shuhan: Associate Professor of Horn, Ithaca College (NY); Rex Richardson: Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet, Virginia Commonwealth University; Tom Brantley; Professor of Trombone, University of South Florida; and Wiff Rudd: Professor of Trumpet/Brass Area Coordinator, Baylor University.

The following events during the residency are free and open to the public. All will take place in Watson Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 26

·         Collaborative practice concepts, a warm-up with Rhythm & Brass trumpeter Wiff Rudd, at 8:30 a.m.

·         Starting a chamber group/marketing yourself today, at 10 a.m.

·         Beyond the brass quintet: incorporating a percussionist and more, at 1:30 p.m.

·         Brass Blast featuring the UNCSA brass faculty, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., including a joint performance with Rhythm and Brass at 2 p.m., audition success at 2:30 p.m., and separate instrument clinics at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27

·         Chamber music skills, a showcase of UNCSA student chamber brass, at 1 p.m.

·         Jazz, pop and new music clinic with Rhythm & Brass, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Brass students: For a complete schedule and information on how to register for this free event, please click here.

 

About Rhythm & Brass

"Beyond Category" was a term the great Duke Ellington used as the highest form of praise for those artists who transcended normal boundaries. Since their inaugural season in 1993, Rhythm & Brass has lived up to the ideal of a musical presentation that is not bound by time, geography or culture. With the unique ability to incorporate influences as divergent as Josquin Des Prez, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Johann Sebastian Bach, and, of course, Duke Ellington, Rhythm & Brass searches for the commonality in these influences and fearlessly weaves them all into a single concert experience.

While maintaining an active touring schedule, Rhythm & Brass has also performed at numerous special events including a 1994 New York concert debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with celebrated jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. Commissions have been premiered at Chicago's Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the national convention of the Music Educator's National Conference. R&B has also been featured at the New York Brass Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, Kentucky's Great American Brass Band Festival, the National Trumpet Competition and the National Association of Music Merchants Convention in Los Angeles. Internationally, Rhythm & Brass has concertized in Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, the Virgin Islands, and Thailand.

Song & Dance (1994), the group's first CD on d'Note Records, is an immensely versatile program of works from the 17th century composer Samuel Scheidt to the world premiere recording of “Dance Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, his last composed work. Their second album, Time in September (1995), includes original jazz compositions by R&B members and features award-winning guitarist Gene Bertoncini as well as a commissioned work by the Grammy-nominated composer Maria Schneider. Christmas Time is Here (1996) was hailed by the national press as one of the most creative recordings for the holiday season. R&B's recording More Money Jungle. . .Ellington Explorations (1998), on the KochJazz label, celebrates the centenary (1999) of one of America's most significant composers and musical ambassadors, Duke Ellington. The album was described by Entertainment Weekly as "...smart and deliciously off-centered..." and was named by The New York Times as "Album of the Week" (May 7, 1999). Rhythm & Brass has been featured on "BET on Jazz" (Black Entertainment Television) performing several segments of the Ellington album. Sitting in an English Garden Waiting for the Sun is an outrageous salute to the British invasion and includes music by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.  Rhythm & Brass just released Inside the Blue Suitcase featuring original compositions from within the group. 

Rhythm & Brass is a Yamaha Performing Ensemble.

About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.

For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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RHYTHM & BRASS: “ON YOUR RADIO DIAL”

Watson Hall, UNC School of the Arts campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC
October 26th at 7:30 pm

Performed by Rhythm & Brass

Beyond Category was a term the great Duke Ellington used as the highest form of praise for those artists who transcended normal boundaries. Since their inaugural season in 1993, Rhythm & Brass has lived up to the ideal of a musical presentation that is not bound by time, geography or culture. Join us as Rhythm & Brass fearlessly weaves original works and the music of J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Duke Ellington, and of course Pink Floyd into a single concert experience.

MORE INFO: http://uncsaevents.com/event/31081-rhythm-and-brass-andquoton-your-radio-dialandquot

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PHONE: 336-721-1945

 

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