Axiom Brass joins Maestro David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony for a world premier and an American premier.

2013-09-30

On October 4 and 5, Axiom brass will join forces with the Modesto Symphony in California, under the Baton of David Lockington, to give the world premier of Brazilian-American composer Raimundo Penaforte's Concertice for Brass quintet and orchestra. The new composition was commissioned by the Axiom Brass especially for this occasion. Axiom will also give the American premier of Fantasia Flamenca by Spanish Composer J. Vicent Egea. 

The program, which is titled Latin Fire, opens the 83rd season of the Modesto Symphony. The program also features other all-time favorites, including Copland's Danzon Cubano, Chavez’s Sinfonia India and Velasco's Asturian Suite.

Penaforte's new composition is in three movements. The first movement, “Therezinha,” is based on a popular brazilian children's song, here spun in a contagious upbeat brazilian swing. “Elegia,” the second movement, is a re-orchestration of Penaforte's earlier work. It has found its way to several different orchestrations and showcases his ability to create unforgettable melodies. The final movement, “Remembering Astor,” is a tribute to the great Astor Piazzolla and is based on Escualo. In this energetic closing movement, Penaforte infuses the sensuality of Piazzolla's tango with the swing of a Brazilian Baião.

Egea's one movement Fantasia Flamenca was originally composed for brass quintet and band and later reworked for quintet and orchestra. The piece, based on the flamenco folk dance style from southern Spain, features an extended brass quintet cadenza filled with effects and virtuosity. These two premieres will certainly live up to the title of the concert, as there is plenty of Latin Fire to ignite the evening.


Axiom Brass fundraiser campaign for MUSIC FOR ALL will reach 20000 students in the Chicagoland Area.

2013-02-17

Axiom Brass has launched a fundraiser campaign to support our "Music for All" program.  In 2013, "Music for all" is set out to reach 20000 students in the Chicagoland area as well as over 1000 adults.  By helping fund the campaign, you are making it possible for us to produce 40 educational concerts and 2 recitals.  All of these concerts will be free to the students, teachers and general public.  These educational concerts will also include preparation and follow-up materials for teachers and students to maximize their learning and enjoyment of the music.

To help us fund the program, please make a donation to our campaign.  You can also help us a great deal by promoting our campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.  

Thank you for helping us bring great classical music to young children and audiences all over Chicago. 


Axiom Brass Takes First Prize in the 2012 Prize of the European City Passau International Competition for Brass Instruments.

2012-11-06

We are very proud to announce that this past week, Axiom Brass stood out among ensembles from 8 different countries to win the Prize of the European City Passau International Competition for Brass Instruments! In the 22 years of the competition, we have become the first group from the USA to win the top prize. Among many wonderful and appreciative comments, Axiom Brass was described by one juror as "five soloists having conversation". With this recent win, Axiom has now collected seven prizes at some of the most prestigious chamber music competitions in the USA and around the world. None of this would have been possible without the support of our families, mentors, friends and fans. Thank you to all of you that continue to believe on us!

Axiom Brass Takes First Prize in the 2012 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition

2012-05-09

On Sunday, April 29, Axiom Brass came out on top at the 2012 Chamber Music Yellow Springs (CMYS) Competition in Yellow Springs, OH.  As the first prize winners, Axiom has become the first brass ensemble in the CMYS Competition’s 27 year history to receive this prestigious award. 

The competition is open to balanced ensembles of 3-6 musicians.  The ensembles that participate usually include string quartets, piano trios, wind and brass quintets, and mixed ensembles of winds, strings, and piano.  Eligible ensembles submit a DVD, 40 to 60-minutes in length consisting of that ensemble’s live performance.  From the DVD round, two ensembles are selected to participate in the live, final round in Yellow Springs.  Each of the two finalists performs a 50-minute recital for a panel of three judges and warm, appreciative audience. 

The CMYS Competition is intended to assist outstanding young chamber ensembles in gaining recognition, to promote appreciation of diverse ensembles, and to encourage exploration of new or lesser-known repertoire.  This competition marks 2 first place competition wins for Axiom Brass.


Axiom Brass Appointed to Faculty at the Boston University Tangelwood Institute.

2011-12-15
 
Axiom Brass is pleased to announce their appointment to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) for the summer of 2012.  Set in the beautiful Berkshires of Lenox, Massachusetts, BUTI is recognized internationally as the premiere summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians.  Axiom will join BUTI’s distinguished faculty were they will be providing students with sectionals, chamber music coachings, and offer private lessons as well as providing the institute with open rehearsals and a concert.  Click Here to learn more about the exciting programs offered at BUTI.

Debut album New Standards now available on itunes!

2011-08-18

Our highly acclaimed debut album can now be downloaded instantly through iTunes! With music from Romantic to Contemporary and Latin Jazz, “New Standards” features the works of Lutoslawski, Ewald, Ewazen, Colnot, Hillborg, and D’Rivera. We’ve worked hard to bring the most beauty and virtuosity out of the music, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

As with the sale of our CDs, 100% of the profit from iTunes will go to fund our outreach program, Music for All. In an economy where music programs are being cut from schools left and right, Music for All allows us to bring the joy of music to underprivileged communities so that young people everywhere can experience the power and beauty of music. Whether you purchase “New Standards” on iTunes, through our website, or at our concerts, every penny of those sales will go into funding this program.

Please visit iTunes to get your Axiom Brass album today!  You can also purchase hard copies of our CD on our webstore.

Click here to BUY IT NOW! 


Our Debut CD is here. Help us spread the joy of music!

2010-12-20
 
Our long-awaited debut album is finally here! With music from Romantic to Contemporary and Latin Jazz, “New Standards” features the works of Lutoslawski, Ewald, Ewazen, Colnot, Hillborg, and D’Rivera. We’ve worked hard to bring the most beauty and virtuosity out of the music, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

CDs are $15 S&H and can be ordered directly from our website at axiombrass.com.  They make great Holiday gifts! If you order by Sunday, December 19 you can have it just in time for Christmas.

Most importantly, by purchasing this CD you will be funding our outreach program, Music for All. In an economy where music programs are being cut from schools left and right, Music for All allows us to bring the joy of music to underprivileged communities so that young people everywhere can experience the power and beauty of music. When you purchase “New Standards” every penny of that sale will go to funding this program.

Please visit our website and get a CD today! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!.


Axiom Brass wins prize at the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau 2010.

2010-11-15
 
This November the Axiom Brass continued to break ground becoming the first North American ensemble to win a prize at the International competition for Brass Instrument Ensembles - Prize of the European town Passau. The Competition, which took place in the lovely city of Passau in the southern side of Germany, brought together ensembles from several countries for a truly memorable weekend of outstanding brass chamber music. Appart from its stunning and historic architecture, Passau, set on the three rivers of Ilz, Inn, and the Danube, was as equally friendly as it was beautiful.

Axiom Brass wins Prize at the 6th Jeju City International Brass Competition in South Korea.

2010-08-20
 
On August 20th the Axiom Brass was awarded Second Prize at the 6th Jeju City International Brass Competition on Jeju Island, South Korea, becoming the first American ensemble to win an award in the 10 years since the competition was established. This win comes just weeks after Axiom became the first ensemble to capture the Fischoff Educators Award. The Jeju City Brass Competition is the largest one of its kind, involving more than 200 competitors from 16 different countries.

Axiom Brass Captures First Fischoff Educator Award

2010-08-11

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA (August 11, 2010) - The Axiom Brass Quintet has won the inaugural Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States.

The unique Fischoff Educator Award is a complementary benchmark to the Fischoff Competition, which provides a forum for America's finest emerging chamber ensembles. The Educator Award honors past Fischoff Competition musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both music performance and outreach education. The Fischoff Educator Award expands upon Fischoff's long-standing commitment to music education, and to the development and recognition of emerging chamber musicians. As winners of the inaugural Fischoff Educator Award, Axiom Brass will receive a cash award and a residency week as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. The residency will take place during Fall, 2011.

In addition to a Bronze Medal win at the 2010 Fischoff Competition, Axiom Brass won the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition held at the University of Louisville, KY. Axiom's blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching has been an inspiration to students of all ages, and their educational programs have guided students to success in high school and college programs across the country. They are actively involved with musical programs around the country, conducting masterclasses, seminars, lectures, concerts, and teaching at universities and public schools. Axiom Brass was recently appointed Brass Quintet-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. Ensemble members include Dorival Puccini, Jr. (trumpet), Colin Oldberg (trumpet), Matthew Oliphant (horn), Brett Johnson (trombone) and Kevin Harrison (tuba).


Axiom Brass Wins Bronze at the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

2010-05-10
 
The Axiom Brass Quintet was awarded the Bronze Medal at the prestigious 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music competition that took place at the University of Notre Dame between May 7tn and 9th. The competition began with 130 entries from which 48 ensembles were invited to the first live round in South Bend. The Axiom Brass was also the only Brass Quintet invited to the competition in the Senior Division, and the only ensemble with brass instruments in the finals of the competition. To read more about the 2010 Fischoff competition please visitfischoff.com

Axiom Brass on Public Radio around the nation

2010-04-23

Axiom Brass Quintet has been chosen to be broadcast on Performance Todaynext Monday, April 26. The broadcast will feature Axiom’s interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus X, from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 recorded during a live performance at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts in Columbia MO, last March.

American Public Media's Performance Today is broadcast on 245 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week. To find out where and when "Performance Today" is broadcast in your area, please visit performancetoday.org.

You may also visit publicradiofan.com, an independent website that can point the way to on-line listening.

Next Monday’s show will be available on Performance Today website for seven days and starting on the 26th and you can listen to Axiom’s live performance on the website as well, just go to performancetoday.org