Low Blow

Composer: Gulino, Frank
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Bass Trombone, Tuba
Genre: Contemporary

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In 2018, Spanish bass and contrabass trombonist Javier Colomer will record a new album that includes works for trombone and organ as well as for unaccompanied bass and contrabass trombones. The music on this disc spans four centuries, from Palestrina and Gabrielli through Handel, Schubert, and Faure, among others. The newest piece on the album – a work for unaccompanied contrabass trombone by American composer Frank Gulino – had not been completed at the time

Javier Colomer is an internationally renowned bass and contrabass trombone soloist and teacher who has given recitals and master classes across the globe for more than 25 years. During that time, Javier has performed with orchestras and wind bands both as an ensemble musician and concerto soloist, and presented masterclasses to over a thousand students from some of the world's leading conservatories and universities. He is a past member of the ITA Board of Advisors and also authored “The World of The Contrabass Trombone,” the first comprehensive method book for that instrument. Javier's advocacy of the contrabass trombone as a solo instrument is a natural extension of his experience as a performer and pedagogue, and he continues to regularly commission and premiere new works for the bass and contrabass trombones. Please visit www.javicolomer.com to learn more.

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    Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and serves as the bass trombonist of the Prince George's Philharmonic. Frank is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Trombone Performance. At Peabody, he studied with Randy Campora and Jim Olin of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Frank has also studied trombone with David Fedderly of the BSO, Vincent Belford of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and jazz artist Bob Ferrel.

    As a trombonist, Frank has performed at venues such as The Music Center at Strathmore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the BSO. While at Peabody, Frank appeared with the BSO brass section and served as the bass trombonist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra and the Peabody Wind Ensemble, one of the nation’s premier collegiate wind bands. Frank can be heard on a number of recordings with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, each released on the Naxos record label. Frank is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs exclusively on Edwards trombones and Griego Mouthpieces.

    As a composer, Frank has had works commissioned, performed, and commercially recorded by some of the world's foremost brass players, including euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Gerry Pagano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Brian Hecht, and Christopher Dudley, principal trombonist of the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester in Bergen, Norway. In addition, Frank’s works have been performed at venues around the world, such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.; the Joseph Alessi Seminar in Fossano, Italy; the Eastern Trombone Workshop; the Lasnamäe Muusikakool in Tallinn, Estonia; the Korskirken in Bergen, Norway; the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia; the Jeju Arts Center in Jeju Province, South Korea; and dozens of colleges, universities, and conservatories, both domestically and abroad. Frank is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and received ASCAP Plus Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    A flattering 2009 review of Frank’s early work, Sonatina, in the International Trombone Association Journal first brought attention to his contemporary brass compositions. The 2010 season began with premieres of Frank’s Worlds Apartand Two Serenades on conservatory degree recitals, followed by the premiere of Tornado, by Steven Mead with members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and culminated in Frank’s first major commissioned work, Capriccio for trombone and wind ensemble, written for Christopher Dudley. Following the completion of several new works and a favorable review of Tornado in the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal in the fall of 2011, Frank was awarded the inaugural commission project of the EuphoniumCommissions.org consortium, a group formed expressly for the purpose of funding new additions to the low brass repertoire. The resulting work, Infinite Escape, was premiered by Steven Mead in July of 2012. Since then, Frank's music has appeared on concert programs domestically and internationally, as well as on Ubiquity, a bass trombone solo album released by Gerry Pagano in October of 2014. Frank's first work for concert band, Skyline, was named a 2015 Editors' Choice by J.W. Pepper, one of the world's premier sheet music distributors.

    Frank’s works, published by The FJH Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, and 200 Miles to Arnstadt Publications, are available from major music distributors all over the world, including J.W. Pepper, Hickey’s Music Center, SheetMusicPlus, and many others. Additionally, Frank's work has been selected for inclusion on both the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) repertoire lists.

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    SKU CM3315
    Price 12.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Gulino, Frank
    Instrument Bass Trombone, Tuba
    Instrumentation Solo
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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