UNSILENT NIGHT

Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT is “a holiday event of a different order: people on bikes riding through parts of the city playing a recording of Kline’s mesmerizing holiday tune” according to KMFA. TXST composition student Laura Brackney is lead organizer of the event in Austin. She was featured in Judlyne Gibson’s Staccato feature on KMFA radio.

Entrepreneurship

Dr. Martin McCain just completed his 3rd online arts entrepreneurship lecture series for the Intro to Music Learning and Teaching class at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

He also recently launched an entire low-brass mouthpiece line with Pickett Brass. McCain, along with Peter Pickett, has spent the past 2 ½ years developing a series of mouthpieces with the versatile bass trombonist in mind. The line includes a tenor trombone mouthpiece, 3 bass trombone, 2 contrabass trombone and one tuba mouthpiece. [Yes, there really is such a thing as a contrabass trombone, an awesome instrument!]

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TXST trio releases first album

Trio488 — Ian Davidson (oboe), Daris Hale (bassoon), and Jason Kwak (piano) — just released its first album, 488 Around the World. The album, recorded at Fire Station Studios, was mastered by TXST music recording gurus Mark Erickson and Gary Hickinbotham. The compilation of works, all commissioned by or arranged by Trio488, features music from around the world: Pictures of Kenya is by Australian composer Jesmond Grixti, Trio for Winds and Piano by American composer Peter Petroff, and Maendeleo, which includes African drumming (Kari Klier) is by Tanzanian composer Kasheshi Makena. Also on the album are two additional works by Tanzanian composers; Maasai Ol Bassoon Le Kop Kop is by Hezron Mashuri; and Missing Friend is by Emmanuel Kaghondi. The album rounds out with an arrangement by Trio488 of Three Tangos by Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzola. Trio 488 Piano is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.

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Trio488 has performed in numerous countries over four continents, including four international conferences, a number of music festivals, and countless College campuses throughout the world. Highlights include featured performances at the RioWinds Festival in Brazil, with the We Soloists in Seoul and, closer to home, at the Bear Valley Music Festival in California.

Wild Basin Christmas

Texas State music faculty members Daris Hale, Steve Girko, and Ian Davidson, all members of the Wild Basin Winds, have released a new CD.  The recording, now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify, is called Christmas Too, a compilation of jazz-inspired arrangements of holiday favorites, by Austin jazz guru Gary Sletcha, scored for woodwind quintet.  Joining the three Texas State professors are flutist, Mathew Krejci from the University of the Pacific and Sacramento Philharmonic, and horn player Tom Hale from the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera orchestras.  Among the titles on the album are Gesu Bambino, Santa Baby, We Three Kings, Frosty the Snowman, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear, and Away in a Manger. The recording was mastered by TXST faculty Gary Hickinbotham and Mark Erickson and is the first collaboration between the Wild Basin Winds and TXST Fire Station Studios.

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