Arda Cabaoglu, DMA

Performer, Educator, Scholar of Music & The Trumpet

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MOD BRASS plays Högberg, Rautavaara, Prillaman, Theo Chandler

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The culminating piece we have on the program is "Playgrounds for Angels" by Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died recently in July of 2016. The angels in this piece are not cherubic or happy, but terrifying apparitions: “Again and again in my dreams, an enormous, grey, powerful, silent creature would approach me and clasp me in its arms so I feared its mighty presence would suffocate me. I struggled for dear life… until I awoke. The figure came back night after night, and I spent the days fearing its return. Finally, after dozens of these battles, I learned to surrender, to become part of it.” 

The piece we paired with the Rautavaara is a Quintet by the Swedish composer Fredrik Högberg titled "Melancholy Tango for Five Brass Players and their Voices". This piece compliments the sound world of the Rautavaara and employs a lot of similar techniques. 

The third component for our program is two commissioned works by Nathan Prillaman and Theo Chandler's "Ceremonial Music" for brass ensemble.

Jesse Brault, conductor
Church of the Blessed Sacrament on 71st between Broadway and Columbus

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MOD Brass is not the status quo
We seek out the new
We exist to solve a problem
To challenge assumptions and change stereotypes about brass
To make a contribution
We have a modular brass instrumentation
We perform modern music
By composers of our time
For people who crave new sounds
MOD Brass is an ensemble for the present

MOD Brass would like to invite you to attend our launch concert!


The central work for the program is Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Playgrounds for Angels". Rautavaara's angels are not winged cherubs, but terrifying apparitions. “Again and again in my dreams, an enormous, grey, powerful, silent creature would approach me and clasp me in its arms so I feared its mighty presence would suffocate me. I struggled for dear life… until I awoke. The figure came back night after night, and I spent the days fearing its return. Finally, after dozens of these battles, I learned to surrender, to become part of it.” 

Rautavaara's work will be paired with Fredrik Högbergs "Melancholy Tango for Five Brass Players and Their Voices". This piece is the tango infused with a more melancholy Scandinavian spirit. Högberg utilizes vocalization to create a deeper dimension to his sound world and to highlight the vocal quality of brass.

We are incredibly excited to feature premieres of works by Nathan Prillaman and Theo Chandler. Nathan's piece is scored for brass and electronics, and Theo's piece "Ceremonial Music" is scored for brass choir. 

Featuring the following brilliant musicians:

Conducted by Jesse Brault

Trumpets
Brian Olson
Sam Wells
Arda Cabaoglu
Andrew Jeng

Trombones
Oliver Barrett
Stephen Whimple
Ricardo Pedrares
Aaron Albert

Horn
Eric Huckins

Tuba
Jay Uschold

$10 for students

Banner graphic designed by Ava Barrett

 After the World Premieres of composer Nathan Prillaman's works

After the World Premieres of composer Nathan Prillaman's works

 

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