Friday, February 24, 2012

Sex Appeal + 24 combined years of conservatory training = Genghis Barbie

It's hard to know where to begin when discussing Genghis Barbie....the first time I came across their website I didn't think the group was real.  Upon digging a little deeper I came to realize it's no joke but four extremely talented musicians that have used their good looks and creative talent to create a seemingly new take on the horn quartet.  Upon reading their bio it's clear they have a sense of humor about their musical mission which seems to focus around pop music from the 1970's to current.  With names like Attila the horn and Velvet barbie it's hard to take the group too seriously.....until you hear them play.  The four members have all been conservatory trained and hold positions with groups such as the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute and many others.  I found their arrangement of Sisqo's "Thong Song" to encompass what the group is all about , enjoy.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Meridian Arts Ensemble

After listening to several recordings by the Meridian Arts Ensemble during Rachel's presentation I wanted to learn more about the group.  The group is made up of five brass players and one percussionist all living in the New York City area.  They are Jon Nelson and Tim Leopold, trumpet, Daniel Grobois, horn, Raymond Stewart, tuba, Benjamin Herrington, trombone and John Ferrari, drums.  They have produced nine albums as well as touring in 49 states and Europe, Asia, and South America.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

This past week I've been thinking quite a bit about musicianship and performing.  As musicians we are always striving to be at our best and find new ways to improve our skills.  The daily grind of practice, rehearsal, and constant critique can be exhausting at times but stepping back I realize how rewarding pursuing performing at a very high level and starting a career in music really is.  I think it's also important to take time to enjoy what we do and congratulate ourselves from time to time.  This past weekend the passing of Whitney Houston inspired me to watch a few of her videos.  Seeing her performance of the Star Spangled Banner was a reminder of how moving and important a great performance can be.  No matter what genre great music is great music!  This post had nothing to do with brass but the blog seems to be a good outlet for ramblings, promise to get back on subject next time!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Young Blood

This group has recently become a favorite of mine.  The Young Blood brass band originated in Oregon, Wisconsin and has come to be one of the most innovative brass bands today.