Intuitions features a rich mix of brand new works, arrangements and traditional works from the horn quartet repertoire performed by the Four Hornmsen of the Apocalypse.
For over fifteen years, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse (Paul Blackstone, Audrey Good, Tony Licata and Gerald "Gerry" Wood) have captivated and excited audiences with their astonishing musicianship, technique and comical repartee. They pride themselves in their ability to connect with the audience and break the traditional barrier between the musicians and the listener. Over the years, The Hornsmen (yes, they are aware there is a lady among them…) have performed throughout the United States for audiences at the symphony, college campuses, horn workshops, churches, arts festivals, public schools, public restrooms, farmer's markets, parking lots, hotel lobbies, and interstate rest areas.
Hailed as “absolute beasts” by some random Facebook user from Georgia, The Hornsmen have performed at notable colleges throughout the United States, numerous horn workshops and conventions, including the 2009 and 2013 International Horn Symposiums. In addition, they have worked in residence with several ensembles around the United States, either as soloists, chamber musicians, or a part of the orchestra. The Hornsmen not only entertain, but also educate. They have been called upon to teach masterclasses to students of all ages, present educational outreach programs in schools, and perform side-by-side with students and other world class performers across the country. Their enduring success and popularity owes not only to their superior talent and musicianship, but also to the flexibility and innovation with which they have approached the ever-changing musical landscape.
The Four hornsmen are committed to bringing new music to horn quartet repertoire while maintaining the connection with the traditional works. A lot of the pieces they play are published and readily available, however, quite a few are unique to them, and come about through the friendships they have made through the years.
The following are some the composers highlighted on this album:
Joseph Cooper is a creative and experienced musician based out of the Greater Los Angeles area. He has shown a particular interest in writing for horn ensembles. Many of his original compositions had their premieres at the regional and international conferences of the International Horn Society. Visit his website at jcooper.com.
Kazimierz Machala is Professor Emeritus of Horn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He performed on numerous occasions with the New York Philharmonic and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been a member of several notable chamber ensembles, the Cracow Radio Orchestra, and was principal horn of the Sydney Symphony for seven years. Only recently, after several years of arranging and transcribing, has he turned to composing original music. See more of his music at www.capotasto.com.
Gary Slechta has been a free-lance trumpet player, arranger, orchestrator, and music publisher in Austin, Texas since 1982. He has had an active career playing in symphonies, chamber groups, and numerous jazz and salsa bands. From symphonies to salsa, Slechta scores music in all styles for groups of all abilities and sizes. See more arrangements for horns and brass quintet at www.selectapress.com.
Keep up with the Hornsmen’s future recordings and engagements at www.4hornsmen.com