Northern BrassWorks er verkefni vestur-íslendingsins Richard Gillis og þar er lögð áhersla á hvatningu til tónsmíða og flutnings nýrra tónverka fyrir málmblásturshljóðfæri. Á þessum tónleikum koma fram ásamt Richard Gillis, bróðir hans Glen Gillis, sonur Richards, Jonathan Gillis, James Cunningham og Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir og flutt verður tónlist samin og útsett af þeim Richard, Glen og James.
Eins og hljóðfæraskipanin segir til um eru þetta ekki hefðbundin málmblásturshljóðflæri en meðal tónverka sem munu heyrast verða:
Dreams & Dances (trompet, saxófónn og píanó): Richard Gillis
Blues & Remembrance (trompet, saxófónn og píanó): Richard Gillis
Elegy Cadenza (saxófónn og píanó): Glen Gillis
Dream (trompet og píanó): Richard Gillis
Huff ’N Puffs (trompet, saxófónn, básúna og didgeridoo): Richard Gillis
Didgeri-doodles (didgeridoo, saxófónn og trompet): Richard Gillis
Richard Gillis – trompet
Glen Gillis – saxófónn
James Cunningham – didgeridoo
Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir – píanó
Jonathan Gillis – básúna
James Cunningham og Glen Gillis
Richard Gillis is a full professor and brass chair at the University of Manitoba (in Winnipeg), and is artistic director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Over the past 15 years he has performed with several Icelandic musicians, and has recorded with Bjorn Thoroddsen, Jon Rafnsson, Guitar Islancio and the Reykjavik Big Band.
Music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5cr0DsDjL0dKr1o7pQX7Hf
Glen Gillis is full professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he teaches saxophone, conducting and music education. He is a Conn-Selmer artist and has performed as a classical saxophonist in North America, Europe and Asia. glengillis.com
Music on Spotify:
James Cunningham is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches ethnomusicology. As a didgeridoo artist he has performed around the world and recorded several albums. jamesecunningham.org/ethnosfl
Music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4rLdYA7YkEBQOWrj6XnuOE
Northern BrassWorks is a concert that will feature musicians from Canada and the US: Dr. Richard Gillis (trumpet), Dr. Glen Gillis (saxophone), Dr. James Cunningham (didgeridoo), Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir (piano) and Jonathan Gillis (trombone).
Northern BrassWorks is an ongoing project of “western Icelander” Richard Gillis to encourage writing of works for chamber brass. This concert will feature music composed or arranged by Richard Gillis, Glen Gillis and James Cunningham.
Richard is a full professor at the University of Manitoba, Glen is full professor at the University of Saskatchewan and James is associate professor at Florida Atlantic University. Richard (also artistic director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra) has been presenting brass concerts in Winnipeg and other centres, featuring music for chamber brass (brass choir, brass quintet and smaller combinations).
Some of the compositions presented on April 30 will include:
Dreams & Dances (trumpet, saxophone and piano): Richard Gillis
Blues & Remembrance (trumpet, saxophone and piano): Richard Gillis
Elegy Cadenza (saxophone and piano): Glen Gillis
Dream (trumpet and piano): Richard Gillis
Huff ’N Puffs (trumpet, sax, trombone & didgeridoo): Richard Gillis
Didgeri-doodles (didgeridoo, saxophone & trumpet): Richard Gillis