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Shepard, Craig: Trumpet City [2 CDs] (Inexhaustible Editions)

Trumpet City is a 60 minute live-installation of 40 or more trumpets performing outdoors in a public space, first commissioned and presented by the Prasidialdepartement and the Musikpodium of the City of Zurich, these two realization are from recordings at 51st Street, in Manhattan, New York and at Meeker Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard Streets, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Label: Inexhaustible Editions
Catalog ID: ie-028-2
Squidco Product Code: 32193

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Slovenia
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Disc 1 recorded at 51st Street, in Manhattan, New York, on August 2nd, 2014, by Andrej Radovsky.

Disc 2 recorded at Meeker Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard Streets, in Brooklyn, New York, on September 20th, 2014, by Andrej Radovsky.


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"Wandelweiser composer Craig Shepard makes music related to stillness and designs silent walks. He grew up in Connecticut, where he went for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes coming to rest.

Recent projects include Broken Silence, in which music supports listeners engaging with text from the scandal in the Catholic Church, On Foot: Aubervilliers, a twenty-four day residency in which Shepard lead groups in silent walks lasting three to fourteen hours, and Trumpet City, a live, outdoor installation of forty trumpets.

Shepard studied trombone performance at Northwestern University and completed post-graduate studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich, where he served as a Lecturer and Listening Researcher. His teachers include Frank Crisafulli (trombone), Ulrich Eichenberger (sacbut), Corrado Bossard (trumpet), as well as Amnon Wolman, Alan Stout, and Michael Pisaro (composition). He has participated in a Deep Listening course with Pauline Oliveros and Guitar Circle courses with Robert Fripp.

His work has been performed at the Festival d'Automne Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia New York, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, and Roulette, NYC among many others. He has joined installations at the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums in New York. He has received commissions from the Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, the Quartour Bozzini, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and many others.

His work has been published by Edition Howeg, the Schweizerische Musikzeitung, Antennae and Edition Wandelweiser. His recordings appear on Edition Wandelweiser Records. Articles appear in the Brooklyn Rail. He lives in Brooklyn."

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1. Trumpet City: Manhattan 01:03:24


1. Trumpet City: Brooklyn 01:02:40
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"Trumpet City is a 60-minute live installation of 40 or more trumpets performing outdoors in a public space. Commissioned by the Prasidialdepartement and the Musikpodium of the City of Zurich, the work premiered on March 28th, 2009 on the shores of Lake Zurich. This release features two installations realized in 2014.

The Music

Each performer reads from the same part, playing it at his or her own individual tempo. Parallel to these melodies, each trumpet also places loud, short calls throughout the hour.

The range within which a single trumpet can be heard is about 200 meters, depending on the acoustic properties of the site. The performers are positioned about 50 meters apart, and each player can hear about eight other trumpets-four on each side. This creates an interlocking chain of nine-trumpet "chamber ensembles". In this way, each player is at the same time (1) a soloist, (2) a part of this chamber ensemble, and (3) part of the total sound of the piece.

Any given passerby hears the trumpet closest to him or her, the polyphony of the chamber ensemble as well as the hum of the combined sound. As the pitch level rises, the ensemble becomes louder, and the combined total sound becomes more present. The piece starts when one player at the end of the line begins to play. The next player starts when he can hear the first player."-Craig Shepard website

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