Beginning to See the Light - this Cd is the 4th and most recent recording by True North Brass. the inspiration for the Cd came from a gratitude and desire to pay hommage to the stellar brass players and composers/ arrangers that have set a tradition in Canada and passed on a legacy of excellence. Canada's brass players are unique in their combined influence of American, British and French approached to brass playing. On this Cd we are fortunate enough to not only celebrate , but also perform with, one of the world's great jazz artists, Guido Basso. Guido joins us for 3 tunes that are not only beautiful but showcase his "channelled" jazz solos - artistically effortless. We also celebrate Canada's grandfather of brass writing - Howard Cable in his quintet version of MacIntyre Ranch. Glenn Gould is paid hommage to with Scott Irvine's arrangement of Bach's Aria from the Goldberg Variations. This list goes on...this CD was a delight to conceive and a joy to manifest. Enjoy!
About our group:
True North Brass
True North Brass burst on to the Canadian scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of Canada's most exciting ensembles. True North's membership includes two outstanding composer / arrangers who create the ensemble's fresh and unique programming. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression, True North Brass has been welcomed not only in Canada but in China and throughout North America.
True North Brass has released three critically acclaimed CD recordings on the Opening Day label. Its newest recording, A True North Christmas was the most frequently played disc on Canadian classical radio stations throughout the 2001 holiday season. The group was also featured in CBC's Christmas television music special, on the Opening Night program.
True North Brass were featured guest artists at the International Brass Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2000, chosen from the elite of the international brass world. They accompanied Prime Minister Chretien's 1998 trade mission to China, performing recitals in Beijing and Wuhan and directing masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory. The quintet has also performed masterclasses and recitals at the Boston and New England Conservatories and toured British Columbia, Ontario, Tennessee, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, New Hampshire, Alabama, and Florida. True North Brass was featured at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in 1999, 2001, and opened the festival in 2002. This season, they will perform extensively across Canada and the United States. The members of True North Brass are Yamaha Artists associated with Yamaha Canada.