‘A Few Kites’ – Music for Trumpet and Electronics Performed by Andy Kozar
The purpose of this project is to record an album titled ‘A Few Kites’ featuring new music that I’ve commissioned for trumpet and electronics by composers including Paula Matthusen, Ken Ueno, Scott Worthington, Quinn Collins, Tyler Harrison, Jeffrey Gavett, David Franzson and Maxwell Dulaney. These pieces are some of my favorites from a long term project to develop a new repertoire of extraordinary music for trumpet and electronics that I have been working on for over seven years. A goal of this ongoing project is to fill a gap in the trumpet repertoire with cutting edge new works by some of the contemporary music community’s most talented and forward thinking composers. I have reached a milestone in this project where this new and constantly developing body of repertoire is so compelling that it would be a disservice to both the composers and audiences for these works to not exist in a recorded state. This recording will also feature violinist Leah Asher.
In addition, after the recording is completed, a record release concert featuring some of these works will be given at the National Opera Center in New York City.
Recording for this project began in 2017 and will conclude in the Spring of 2019. The release date will be in mid-Fall, 2019.
The works to be recorded on this album include the following:
on the imagined relations of night sounds (and silent darkness) (2015) – Paula Matthusen
Quentin (2018) – Ken Ueno
Still Life (2012) – Scott Worthington
A Few Kites (2008) – Scott Worthington (featuring Leah Asher, violin)
Blister (2010) – Quinn Collins
Flutter (2007) – Tyler Harrison
longitudinal study 1a for one performer and a conversational partner (2018) – Davíð Brynjar Franzson
Moving Target (2014) – Jeffrey Gavett
Turning Inwards (2018) – Maxwell Dulaney
This work is one of the first works I commissioned for trumpet and electronics. Featuring live processing, this work has already been recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio in Mt. Vernon, NY.
With a virtuosic trumpet part highlighting the abilities of the soloist, Blister also features fixed media component comprised of both synthesized sound as well as recordings of industrial sounds made by chains and breaking glass. This work has already been recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio in Mt. Vernon, NY.
The source material for this work is drawn from field recordings conducted overnight at the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park, beginning at the start of summer in June 2014, and ending in early September 2014. It is interested in the present soundscape of the city that never sleeps, and listens in on the various states of sonic activity as they transition gradually from sunset to sunrise, as well as early to late summer. This work has already been recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio in Mt. Vernon, NY.
Start and End Dates
04/01/2017 — 11/17/2019
New York City, New York