Unique instrumental combinations, multicultural influences and top-notch performances make Three Views an easy pickup for anyone with an exploratory musical palate. What drew me to this album first was Mark Hetzler’s name. As a member of the Empire Brass for 18 years with an impressive resume of performances with esteemed orchestras, I was confident that Hetzler would not afford a disappointing performance. I couldn’t have been more right.
Six contemporary composers are represented on the album, including Mark Hetzler himself. Though trombone, piano and percussion might strike you as an unusual trio, they are combined here in striking effectivity. Inspiration for this album came from the potential Hetzler saw for this type of ensemble after performing the first two works on the recording - Rebellion and Inner Rebellion by Stephen Rush.
The music is as unusual as it is beautiful and colorful, always holding me in rapture through its twists and turns before arriving at a completely new and welcomed destination. From earthly to ethereal, tribal to tranquil, and evoking dance to awe-struck stasis, the music in Three Views transports the listener on a musical-emotional journey of discovery, imagination and adventure. It is a recording that repays repeat visits like a great trip that leaves you itching to go back.
On this epic musical journey, Mark Hetzler and friends explore a diversity of styles and cultural influences with an exhilarating program for trombone, piano, and percussion. Marked by American Record Guide as one of the world's greatest trombone players, Mark Hetzler is a veteran musician who was previously a member of the Empire Brass Quintet. He has performed in recital and as a soloist with symphony orchestras in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Malaysia, Singapore, Bermuda, St. Bartholomew, and across the United States.
Rebellion (Stephen Rush)
Inner Rebellion (Stephen Rush)
Climb (David Vayo)
New England Scenes (James Stephenson)
Quick Step and Blues
Waking Dreams (Dennis Llinas)
Three Views of Infinity (Mark Hetzler)
Born in Sarasota, Florida in 1968, Mark Hetzler began playing his Dad’s trombone at the age of twelve. He went on to receive a B.M. from Boston University and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. Mark was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Dr. Dennis Llinás is the Associate Director of Bands at Louisiana State University. As a composer, Llinás has been commissioned to compose works for musicians from across the country. Recently, two works have been recorded by Mark Hetzler, trombone professor at The University of Wisconson, on Summit Records on two separate albums in 2012.
Chicago area composer James Stephenson’s works have been performed by leading American orchestras and hailed by critics as having “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds” and “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” (Boston Herald). His music incorporates a fresh and energizing sound scape that delights the audience while maintaining integrity and worthwhile challenges for the performing musicians.
David Vayo (born 1957) is the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory and Composition Department head at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he teaches composition, improvisation, and contemporary music.
Stephen Rush is a Full Professor at the University of Michigan, where he has taught for 25 years. Rush’s extensive compositional output includes five operas, chamber music (some of which is standard repertory), orchestra work and over 150 scores for dancers.
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