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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.

August 10 at 7:00, 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Makor, $15

7:00 PM – Jon Nelson / Helena Bugallo Duo, performing Berio’s “Sequenza X” and melodies from Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis.” 8:00 PM – Meridian Arts Ensemble performs music of Elliott Carter, Stephen Barber, Elliott Sharp, David Sanford, and Frank Zappa. 10:00 PM – Mark Gould’s New York Trumpet Ensemble performs original compositions and improvisations.

August 11 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

8:00 PM – Dave Ballou. 9:30 PM – John McNeil. CD release concert celebrating he release of Mr. McNeil’s new recording on Omnitone, Sleep Won’t Come.

August 12 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

8:00 PM – Stephen Haynes and Bugaboo, with Stephen Haymes, Allan Jaffe, Mario Pavone and Satoshi Takeishi. Bugaboo was convened by improvising composer Stephen Haynes in order to further develop his compositional language within a rhythm-based small group context. Selections from the American Songbook (e.g. Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Johnny Cash) will also be explored. Stephen Haynes has worked with a wide range of composers including George Russell, La Monte Young, Leroy Jenkins and Rhys Chatham and is currently a member of Cecil Taylor’s Orchestra Humane (Ubuntu). 9:30 PM – Taylor Ho Bynum

August 13 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

8:00 PM – Russ Johnson and Save Big, with Russ Johnson, John O’Gallagher, Kermit Driscoll and Mark Ferber. CD Release concert celebrating Mr. Johnson’s new recording on Omnitone. 9:30 PM – ShulmanSystem Trio with Matt Shulman on trumpet, voice, sound processing, Ryan Berg on acoustic bass and Jason Wildman on drums and percussion. Matt Shulman’s original compositions draw from European classical music, traditional jazz and experimental electronica, featuring his multi-dimensional virtuosic approach to the trumpet and improvisation.

August 14 at 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

7:00 PM – Brian McWhorter. 8:00 PM – Jonathan Finlayson. 9:30 PM – Mark Gould/Brain McWhorter – Pink Baby Monster: a unique hybrid of rap, opera, and improvisation.

August 15 at 7:00 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

Solo Trumpet and . . . I: Gareth Flowers, Laurie Frink, Dave Ballou, Ed Carrol, Scott McIntosh, Wayne DuMaine, Brian McWhorter, Britton Theurer, Jon Nelson, Kenneth DeCarlo, and others perform original compositions and works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Laurie Frink, J.S. Bach, Vincent Persichetti and Morton Feldman.

August 16 at 7:00 PM at the 14th Street Y, $10

Solo Trumpet and . . . II: Gareth Flowers, Laurie Frink, Dave Ballou, Ed Carrol, Scott McIntosh, Wayne DuMaine, Brian McWhorter, Britton Theurer, Jon Nelson, Kenneth DeCarlo, and others perform original compositions and works by James Mobberly, Britton Theurer, Dave Ballou and Emil Harnas 2.

August 18 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $12

8:00 PM – Herb Robertson and the “Is Quintet,” with Tim Berne, Sylvie Courvoisie, Mark Dresser and Tom Rainey. After his triumphant success at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival last month, Herb brings his brand new quintet and new compositions to New York for its American debut with this stellar group of improvisers. Get ready for a great evening of new music! 10:00 PM – Hugh Ragin Trio.

August 19 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $15

8:00 PM – David Buchbinder Ensemble

10:00 PM – Frank London

August 25 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $15

8:00 PM – Ted Daniel and the International Brass and Membrane Corporation – IBMC with Charles Burnham, Jose Davila, and Newman Baker. Mr. Daniel, who began his career with Sonny Sharrock, went on to perform seminal works with Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Sam Rivers, Sunny Muuray, and Henry Threadgill. IBMC, his current ensemble, was conceived as a flexible and expandable creative music performance group. The Corporation will be performing new works by Mr. Daniel.

10:00 PM – Shane Endsley and KneeBody. The young trumpeter from both Ani DiFranco’s and Steve Coleman’s bands presents an exciting new electric band. Kaveh Rastegar – bass/effects, Adam Benjamin – rhodes/effects, Nate Wood – drums, Ben Wendel – Tenor sax, Shane Endsley – trumpet/effects.

August 26 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at Tonic, $15

“Brass Bands on the Cutting Edge”

8:00 PM – Extension Ensemble. Ralph Alessi, Sycil Mathai(tpt), Theo Primis(hrn), Michael Boschen(tbn), Andrew Bove (tuba) performing works by Carney, Alessi, and Moondog.

9:00 PM – TILT Brass Band with Dave Ballou, Russ Johnson(tpt), Tom Varner, Greg Evans (hrn), Chris McIntyre(tbn), Julie Kalu (bs tbn), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Kevin Norton (perc).

10:00 PM – Urban Brass Quintet. William Owens, Josh Frank(tpt), Wei-Ping Chou(hrn), Brad Williams(tbn), Ben Green(bs tbn); works by Jan Bach, Norman Symonds, and Bruce Adolphe.

11:00 PM – Jon Nelson’s Genkin Philharmonic with Mark Gould, Wayne duMaine, Sycil Mathai, Dan Grabois, Ben Herrington, Ray Stewart, Lazara Nelson, Nick Didkovsky, Dave Phillips, Greg Landis, Jeff Schiller, Brad Hubbard – perform music by Hendrix, Prokofiev, Pierson, Didkovsky, Harnas and Zappa.

August 31 at 8:00 & 10:00 PM at The Baha’i Center, $15

(students $10)

8:00 & 10:00 PM – Bill Dixon with Dominic Duval, Tony Widoff, and Warren Smith. The Festival of New Trumpet Music is proud to present Bill Dixon, organizer and producer of the October Revolution in Jazz in New York City in 1964, architect of the Jazz Composers’ Guild (for the performance of contemporary American Black Music) in New York City in 1964, and founder of the

Black Music Division of Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont in 1973.

All Festival of New Trumpet Music Events will take place at the following venues:

The 14th Street Y, at 344 East 4th St, between 1st and 2nd Avenues

MAKOR, at 35 West 67th St, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue,

TONIC, located at 107 Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington,

The Baha’i Center, located at 53 East 11th Street between Broadway & University,

with the assistance of Issue Project Room

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