I am excited to release my first solo recording project entitled "Nature's Gift." I am thrilled to have pianist Kevin Chance join me for this project! The repertoire on this album has some significance that I would like to share with you...
Nature's Gift by Anthony Barfield
The title track of the cd is a piece written for me by my good friend Anthony Barfield. Anthony and I first met at the 2007 Alessi Seminar and have collaborated on a number for projects over the years including 2 other commissions...one for Stentorian Consort and Joseph Alessi and the other a version of his piece "Here We Rest" for solo trombone and band that was premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2012. We have also collaborated on a recording project of his piece "Red Sky" with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble.
This piece was written in dedication to my daughter, Ainsley! In the piece, Anthony captures the real joy and emotion of becoming a father and just how much of a gift children can be in a person's life.
Visions of Light by Eric Ewazen
The commissioning of this work has proven to be an extremely important part of my career. While a DMA student at Indiana University, I was very fortunate to conceive and administer the commission of this fantastic work for trombone and wind ensemble. The work was written for Joseph Alessi and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble (Ray Cramer, conductor). We were extremely fortunate to be able to offer the world premiere at the MidWest Clinic in Chicago in 2003. This project began a long friendship with one of my true heroes...Joseph Alessi!
1. Pièce Concertante
Carlos Salzédo (1885-1961)
2. Nature’s Gift
Anthony Barfield (born 1983)
Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
3. Urlicht (1892)
4. Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? (1892)
5. Rheinlegendchen (1893)
6. Lob des hohen Verstands (1896)
7. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rükert,1901)
8. Tonoi VIII
Nickitas Demos (born 1962)
Visions of Light
Eric Ewazen (born 1954)
9. Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park 1927
10. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941
11. Thunderclouds, White Mountain Range 1959
Check out this recording of new works by Anthony Barfield with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble including "Red Sky" for trombone and wind ensemble.
Ken Ozzello and Randall Coleman, conductor
Jonathan Whitaker, trombone soloist
During my first year at the University of Alabama I was honored to collaborate with my good friend Ken Ozzello (Director of Bands at UA) and the UA Wind Ensemble on this project including the Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka.
In this project, Stentorian Consort was joined by Joseph Alessi and Peter Ellefson along with pianist Elvia Puccinelli and percussionists Todd Meehan and Tim Tull.
Wills - Sonata for Trombones mvt. 2
This was the first of two projects with a trombone quartet comprised of my good friends Dave Begnoche, Barney McCollum and Brent Phillips. This project contains work that had not previously been recorded including two commissioned works by Phillip Schroeder and Phil Snedecor.
La Montaine - Trombone Quartet mvt. 3
This was a project that I was a part of during my time as a doctoral student at Indiana University. I joined professors M. Dee Stewart, Carl Lenthe and Peter Ellefson on an arrangement of "Angel Eyes" for trombone quartet by Al Cobine. This still remains as one of the highlights of my time at IU!