Brendan Collins: Two Motets for Four Trombones
Last May, on a trip to the ITG (yeah, that's right, trumpet conference) conference in Ohio, I had the chance to meet an Aussie composer named Brendan Collins. Rex Richardson performed his Trumpet Concerto at the conference, and besides enjoying the piece a lot, Brendan is a great guy, and we may or may not have shared a few beers while in Columbus. I shared a copy of our new Valor Brass CD with Brendan, and we continued our correspondence throughout the rest of 2015, and I got to know him a little better. He's a trombone player as well, so he's got that going for him! He teaches and composes in Australia, and is busy writing all kinds of new music. This winter, he sent me a copy of a trombone quartet he wrote called Two Motets. The first movement, Sacred, is just beautiful! The 2nd movement has a very playful syncopated motif throughout the piece that is a lot of fun to play, and lays very well on the trombone (just as you would expect from a trombonist-turned-composer)! Brendan mentioned he would love to hear a recording if I ever had a chance to play the piece, so with my ongoing interest in audio production, it seemed like a great opportunity to do a small project that would benefit both of us in multiple ways. We made the recording in one short session with some fun and extremely informative mentoring from a new colleague of ours, Christian Amonson. Christian runs his own audio and video production company called Arts Laureate, and is as enthusiastic about audio as he is knowledgeable. Here's a cool video Christian made about a recent production Arts Laureate did... Hope you enjoy the quartet!