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Marcus Rojas

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"Phenomenal tubist Marcus Rojas" (Whitney Balliet, The New Yorker) is a native of New York City. Considered one of "the best all around tuba players in the world" (Harvey Pekar,Jazziz); among the diverse groups in which he has played are the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Pops, EOS, Radio City Music Hall, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, ensembles led by Gil Evans, George Russell, Jim Hall, Lionel Hampton, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, David Byrne, and P.D.Q

Article: Album Review

John Ellis, Andy Bragen: The Ice Siren

Read "The Ice Siren" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo Dreamscapes e MOBRO John Ellis e Andy Bragen firmano un altro lavoro d'ampio respiro, che si snoda in equilibrio tra scrittura cameristica, jazz e opera contemporanea. Ellis ha scritto la musica e partecipa come strumentista; Bragen ha composto il libretto, ispirandosi al filone gothic fantasy di autori come Tim Burton ne “La sposa ...

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The Ice Siren

Label: Parade Light
Released: 2020
Track listing: Graveyard Visit; Heaven or Hell; Melusina’s Siren Song; She Shows Her Face; Little Man; Cold; Entombed in Ice.

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Chamber Jazz

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: While in Pass Manchac; Charlotte and Evan; Don’t Explain; Bebe; Pee Wee; Oska T; Abschied, Ray; Atchafalaya Fiction.

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Article: Album Review

Charles Pillow Ensemble: Chamber Jazz

Read "Chamber Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Chamber Jazz, alto saxophonist Charles Pillow's eighth recording as leader of his ensemble, is a generally sedate but remarkably engaging series of tone poems that combine contemporary jazz with elements of classical music to produce a hybrid that underlines what is most harmonious and charming in each genre. Chamber Jazz is what it says, and chamber ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Musette Explosion!

Read "Musette Explosion!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Musette Explosion is a trio featuring Will Holshouser (accordion), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Marcus Rojas (tuba) which gives a very New York twist to a quintessentially Parisian art-form like Musette music. Together they bring this genre to new places through virtuosic improvisation and original pieces, sonic surprises and adventurous playing, shot through with a sense of ...

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Article: Live From New York

Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

Read "Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista" reviewed by Martin Longley


Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton Roulette March 25, 2019 Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

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Article: Musician 2 Musician

Gina Leishman: This New York Life

Read "Gina Leishman: This New York Life" reviewed by Michael Blake


On the late summer afternoon I visited composer Gina Leishman, we couldn't meet in her apartment because it was under repair. A pipe had burst so a friend was loaning her apartment to Gina for a few days; one of those little studio apartments that New Yorkers manage to transform into what seems like a sprawling ...

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Article: Musician 2 Musician

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake


Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas with the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life

Read "Little Giant Still Life" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Per questa nuova realizzazione dell'etichetta indipendente Greenleaf da lui fondata nel 2005, Dave Douglas riunisce attorno a sé l'ottimo quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies, formato da musicisti originari di Seattle (dei quali abbiamo già segnalato qualche mese fa il doppio CD omonimo pubblicato nel 2016) e aggiunge la batteria del giovane musicista di Filadelfia Anwar Marshall, ...


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