At last! We’re so happy to announce the release of our first commercial recording! “Awakening” by our composer-in-residence Jeremy Howard Beck is now available in high quality on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon and coming soon to many more!
“Awakening” has been a special piece for us, we have closed concerts with it all over the country over the last two years and rarely do we not have multiple audience members come up to us afterwards to convey their profound appreciation of it. Not to our surprise, Jeremy was honored with a 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for the score and scratch sightread rehearsal recording made by the quartet. We humbly believe it is one of the best trombone quartets ever written and we did our best to create a recording deserving of that.
Each movement is based on one of four different shofar calls, the Tekiah (Blast), Shevarim (Broken), Teruah (Alarm), and Tekiah Gedolah (Big Blast). The music reflects Beck’s reaction to the massive nationwide protests which followed the passage of Proposition 8 in California and, in his words, “exists somewhere between protest chant and liturgical calls, an equal mix of joy and outrage, belonging and alienation. The word ‘awakening’ means to me that we can never go back to the way things were.”
This project has been a long time in the making, and we are so thankful to all of you for your support. Cheers!
“Awakening” is available in the highest qualities(MP3 320, FLAC, VBR, ALAC, etc) on Bandcamp for $5. If you’re confused which to pick, go with the standard high-quality MP3 320 as it will play beautifully with iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. The piece is also available in 16-bit on iTunes and Amazon for $3.96. Click on any of the above links to purchase or click the new “Bandcamp”(bc) tab on our Facebook page.
“Awakening” was recorded in surround sound on March 9, 2011 in the Greenfield Recital Hall at the Manhattan School of Music.
Audio Engineer: Dustin Cicero
Producer: Max Seigel
Special Conductor: Jeff Gavett