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Trumpet Fest Takes NYC in August

Co-curators Dave Douglas (pictured), Roy Campbell and Jon Nelson have announced the lineup for the second-annual Festival of New Trumpet Music, aka FONT Music. The festival will feature an international lineup of trumpeters representing the jazz, new music, free form, hip-hop, rock, improvisational, classical, and other genres, from August 4-31 in New York City.

The Festival begins on Wed., Aug. 4, at the downtown club Tonic, with FONT’s presentation of “Trumpet Nation,” which includes Butch Morris’ new work for large trumpet ensemble, “Conduction #142,” and features Douglas, Campbell and Nelson, plus many others. And after 35 performances by trumpet players from around the world, the Festival will close with Bill Dixon in a performance on August 31 at the Baha’i Center’s John Birks Gillespie Auditorium. See below for the complete lineup and schedule.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music was founded in 2003 by Campbell and Douglas. Educator Jon Nelson joined in 2004 to curate post-classical and other related repertoire. The diversity of new compositions for trumpet inspired Mr. Campbell and Mr. Douglas to create FONT with three goals in mind: To build awareness of the broad range of new trumpet music, to confront and challenge traditional boundaries of genre, gender, and race, and to create a community of musicians involved in new trumpet music. Visit for additional information.

FONT – The Festival of New Trumpet Music

August 4-31

August 4 at 8:00 & 10: PM at Tonic, $15

FONT Presents “Trumpet Nation”

Improvisations and Conduction #142 by Butch Morris. Roy Campbell, Dave Douglas, Jon Nelson and FONT artists perform a new work for large trumpet ensemble by Butch Morris, as well as new improvisations in rare and unexpected combinations.

August 5 at 8:00, 10:00 & 11:00 PM at Tonic, $15

8:00 PM – Dave Douglas & Keystone with DJ Olive, Gene Lake, Jamie Saft, Brad Jones and Marcus Strickland. New music inspired by the films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. 10:00 PM – Jeremy Pelt & Noise with Jaleel Shaw, Mike Moreno, Frank LoCrasto, Vicente Archer and Eric MacPherson. The new trumpet phenom’s latest electric project. 11:00 PM – PHONOmena “The Vinyl Trumpet” featuring DJ Olive. For the record. And special guests.

August 6 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $15

ALLOY, with Roy Campbell, Baikida Carroll, Dave Douglas, Bryan Carrott, Mark Dresser and Susie Ibarra. The trumpet super-group that was the genesis of FONT will perform new original pieces.

August 7 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $12

8:00 PM – Dennis Gonzalez’s Spirit Meridian with Denis Gonzalez, Oliver Lake, Michael “T.A.” Thompson and Ken Filiano. After playing together in Texas twelve years ago, Gonzalez, who has played with jazz legends from Charles Brackeen to Malachi Favors and beyond, asked seminal saxophonist Oliver Lake to join his NY Quartet in Europe this past March. Now they play together in Spirit Meridian, in what will be the first in a continuing series of collaborations between the two leaders. 10:00 PM – Roy Campbell and Tazz perform original compositions. Roy Campbell, Jr., Andrew Bemkey (piano), Chris Sullivan (bass), Mike Thompson (drums).

August 9 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

8:00 PM – nmperign with Greg Kelley and Bob Rainey. Since the late 1990s, the unlikely trumpet/soprano saxophone duo nmperign has adeptly sidestepped the novelty of extended techniques, the illusions of “free” improvisation, and the trappings of the “new,” defining and redefining a particularly idiosyncratic sound world. In the process, they have released a number of recordings, traveled far and wide, and collaborated with musicians and artists from the variously defined and undefined strata of noise, experimental, and contemporary classical musics. 9:30 PM – Nabate Isles’ Synergy, Nabate Isles-trumpet & flugelhorn, Gamiel Lyons-flute, Liberty Ellman-guitar, Manuel Valera, Jr.-Fender Rhodes, Matt Clohesy-bass, Marcus Gilmore-Drums, Tyshawn Sorey-Drums. Synergy brings a mix of diverse musical styles with melodic clarity and rhythmic intensity.

August 10 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

8:00 PM – The Ingrid Jensen Four with Ingrid Jensen, Scott Robinson, Gary Versace, and Victor Lewis performing original music by Jensen and newly arranged standards and collective take-offs. 9:30 PM – BRUCE LEE featuring Jesse Neumann and Nate Wooley. Jesse Neuman-acoustic and processed cornet/laptop, Oscar Rodriguez-guitar, bass, loops, Liam Hurley-drums, percussion, Aaron Jennings-guitar, electronics, laptop, with special guest Nate Wooley-trumpet. BRUCE LEE is an improvising quartet whose original compositions draw upon folk melodies, dramatic text and poetry, sampled sounds, and games played by young children. Their arrangements develop music by Radiohead, Mos Def, Rachmanninoff, Jeff Buckley and Bjork. Aside from presenting new music with his improvising trio, “Blue Collar” (featuring Steve Swell and Tatsuya Nakatani), Nate Wooley is currently a member of Anthony Braxton’s Genome project, Seth Misterka quartet, Andrew D’Angelo’s BitchAss, and a member of Laurie Frink’s electric trumpet quartet, The Zen Demon Snaps.

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