Going East

By
Jock McMcKenzie
Arranged
Price
£ 14.00 

Traditional Balkan music currently enjoys incredible popularity in both band, pop and dance music culture. Whether in its more 'rootsy' form or in the heavily studio-produced contemporary grooves, this etho-musical style displays instantly recognisable Balkan characteristics.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Bongos

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Traditional Balkan music currently enjoys incredible popularity in both band, pop and dance music culture. Whether in its more 'rootsy' form or in the heavily studio-produced contemporary grooves, this etho-musical style displays instantly recognisable Balkan characteristics. Going East was written to serve as an introduction to some of the more obvious nuances of Balkan Brass music:

Modal harmony with swift major / minor contrasts plus a lot of emphasis of the dominant of the key in which the piece is set.

The presentation of the main melodic material in intervals of 3rds / 6ths and Ostinato-like bass line with off-beat accompaniment.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“Just wanted to give a general shout-out to SUPERBRASS - who are truly super-bad; for my money, one of the most exciting large brass ensembles EVER.”

Rex Richardson
International Trumpet Soloist

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical-CD-Reviews.Com

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com
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