Bone to Pick

Composer: Zegiel, Evan
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Bass Trombone, Piano
Genre: Contemporary

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With a background in rock and heavy metal, I figured it was time to write something in an art music setting using similar musical materials. The bass trombone is a great instrument for expressing aggression, and thus fits this style very well. However, there are many moments of lyrical and romantic playing which find their way into this piece. These “happier” elements eventually win out in the end, which is where the title comes from. “Bone to Pick” is essentially a musical narration of the path of an argument.

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    Evan Zegiel is a tubist, composer, and brass educator based in the United States.

    Zegiel will join the New World Symphony in 2018 as their Tuba Fellow. His orchestral experience prior to joining NWS includes multiple summers performing at Brevard Music Center and with the Chautauqua Institution Music School Festival Orchestra. He won Second Prize in the 2016 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition competition.

    Zegiel is an active soloist and competitor. He was selected as a winner of the 2018 Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at Brevard Music Center. He also won the 2018 Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Young Artist Concerto Competition, and will perform the orchestral premiere of Nelson T. Gast’s Under Mountains of Ocean with the MSO in February 2019. Zegiel was featured as a performer at the U.S. Army Band's 35th Annual Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in Washington, D.C. He won First Place in the Tuba Artist Division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival competitions in 2017, and, in 2013, he won First Place in the Tuba Student division of the Falcone competitions. Evan was also a featured soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band in February of 2012, after winning the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition as a senior in high school.

    As a chamber musician, Zegiel performs regularly in varied settings. He is a co-founder, along with Anthony DeMartinis, of BrassTaps Duo. BrassTaps is a tuba and percussion duo that bridges the gap between contemporary performance practice, accessibility, and evocative musical soundscapes. BrassTaps has commissioned multiple works by student and professional composers with the aim of expanding the available repertoire for both instruments. In 2017, he performed with U-M students alongside the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet in a collaboration sponsored by the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor.

    Zegiel is also an active composer, having received premieres of his compositions from performers and ensembles at the University of Michigan, Yale University, and Northwestern University, among others. His Sonata for Tuba and Piano was published by Cimarron Music Press in 2017, and a new work for bass trombone and piano, Bone to Pick, will be published by CMP in the summer of 2018. A full list of his compositions, including his self-published works, may be found at the Compositions tab above.

    Zegiel holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Minor in Writing from the Sweetland Center for Writing. His primary teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks, Aubrey Foard, and Dan Satterwhite.

    When he isn't playing tuba, composing, or writing poems, Zegiel enjoys reading fiction novels and drinking coffee. His hobbies include homebrewing beer and playing his electric and bass guitars.

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    SKU CM4017
    Price 18.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Zegiel, Evan
    Instrument Bass Trombone, Piano
    Instrumentation Solo and Piano
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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