Sunday, February 15, 2015

Italian Brass Week

 Expanding Our Experience

The world of music, the brass world and, of course, our comparably small world of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba, is passing through an enormous change. We have passed the place in our musical environments, where city, or country can dictate the “Right” way to play. No teacher today possesses the complete knowledge of the myriad styles and techniques that an aware student needs in the huge world of music. It’s the student’s responsibility to explore beyond the teachings, probably superb teaching, of a single teacher and seek as full as possible of a world view.

Of course, this is abundantly available and visible now online. However, expanding our musical perceptions and thoughts on line is only a small step in the right direction.

It has been my pleasure in the last years to be affiliated a festival of music performance and masterclasses it the highest level called Italian Brass Week. This year, 2015, IBW has a faculty that certainly represents an extraordinary list of both masterteachers and performers.

Trumpets: Pacho Flores from Venezuela, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, USA, Otto Sauter, Germany and Andrea Dell’Ira, Italy.  
Horns: Dale Clevenger, USA Luca Benucci, Italy and Han Xiaoming, China.

Admittedly, I did not know Pacho Flores. I just visited his website and heard him play and speak. This is a world-class artist and powerful pedagogue.

Similarly, I had not heard of Han Xiaoming. I listened to samples of his Mozart Concertos and was hugely impressed.

Trombones: Alain Trudel, Canada and J├Ârgen Van Rijen, Netherlands.

Tubas: Anne Jelle Visser, Netherlands/Switzerland, Steven Rosse, USA/Australia and me, Roger Bobo, USA/Netherlands/Italy/Switzerland/Japan/Mexico.

This year Italian Brass Week is proud to open a course for euphonium with Fletcher Mitchell from Australia.

This is a brass faculty of the highest level that is guaranteed to open your ideas not only of brass playing but to expand your styles and musicality. I’m sure most of the names on this impressive list are already known to you but if there are names you don’t know please go online and look at them.

But there is much more about Italian Brass Week:

This year IBW will take place in Firenze, which is known as one of the most beautiful and historically significant cities in the world. The cuisine is delicious, the people are friendly but most importantly, the students at IBW will be from all over the world and the friendships you make will probably last your lifetime.

Please come and experience this extraordinary event, it’s a chance of a lifetime, You will be very welcome.

February 15, 2015, Oaxaca, Mexico