Brant Piece is “Remarkable”

photo (4)Wednesday’s performance at the Roulette of Henry Brant’s Flight Over a Global Map was deemed “remarkable” by the NY Times.  It was certainly that and much more, as it is taking me days to recover!  All 52 trumpets showed up (and even a few extras) for quite a full house.  After about 40 minutes of Brant’s sonic landscapes flowing around the room, sometimes placidly, sometimes aggressively, the piece received a hearty standing ovation.  It was the final piece of three on the concert, all a part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music.  The first piece was the premiere of an energetic fanfare by John Zorn, and the second was a tribute to Butch Morris’s “conductions” (conducting improvisations), conducted by J.A. “Dino” Deane.  What a thrill to have conducted such an prolific piece at such an important and innovative concert!  I look forward to the next time I get to conduct 52 trumpets, whenever that may be…