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Axiom Brass Quintet reaches out to Marshalltown

November 17, 2013

The Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association in partnership with the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation and the Friends of the Marshalltown Library is proud to sponsor a series of workshops and performances by the acclaimed and award winning Axiom Brass Quintet on Wednesday in Marshalltown.

Praised for "a high level of musicality and virtuosic technical ability," the Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and devoted to educating the next generation of musicians and will reach out to Marshalltown Intermediate Students, Marshalltown High School students as well as the citizens of Marshalltown.

Axiom Brass' performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well concerts across the United States, Europe and Asia. Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet.

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Axiom Brass Quintet will give a series of workshops in Marshalltown. Sponsored workshops will include 'Let's Make Music' for intermediate students from Lenihan, St. Francis and the Christian school. A free public performance will be at 5:30 p.m Nov. 20 at the Marshalltown Public Library.

An active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and educator Brazilian trumpeter Dorival Puccini is a founding member of the Axiom Brass. Puccini is actively involved in creating new educational programs and new collaborations for the Axiom Brass while playing a significant role in the ensembles administration and artistic development. His interest in chamber music has led him to contribute over a dozen arrangements and transcriptions for brass quintet written specifically for the Axiom Brass.

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colin J. A. Oldbgerg enjoys performing and teaching throughout the Chicago area. In addition to his contributions to Axiom Brass, Oldberg is an avid orchestral performer who just recently completed a one-year position as principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kansas City native, Kevin Harrison joined the Axiom Brass in early 2008. A highly sought after freelance musician, Harrison has established himself throughout the Midwest as a chamber musician, orchestral player, educator, clinician and music coach

Hornist Matthew Oiiphant is a chamber musician and new music specialist who lives and works in Chicago. Beginning his musical education as a five year old piano student in metropolitan Detroit, Oiiphant received his bachelor of music degree with honors from Northwestern University. As a member of the Axiom Brass, Oliphant travels the country performing brass quintet music of the highest quality, while fascinating audiences with personal interactions and engaging information.

Caleb Lambert is Axiom Brass' newest member, joining the group in September 2012. A versatile low-brass musician, Lambert is equally in demand as a trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet performer. His expertise with these instruments have been an integral part of Axiom Brass' experimentations with tone colors and repertoire.

During the 2013-14 concert season, Axiom continues its rigorous performance schedule, taking the ensemble on their first tour of South America as well as performing concerts in Europe, Asia and around the United States. In October Axiom gave the world premier Raimundo Penaforte's new composition for brass quintet and orchestra in partnership with the Modesto Symphony. This season will also mark the release of two new albums, "Sacred Brass," which will include the world premier recording of "Celestial Suite" and "Astor," featuring original arrangements of Astor Piazolla's music.

In recognition of Axiom Brass' educational expertise, sponsored workshops will include "Let's Make Music" for intermediate students from Lenihan, St. Francis and the Christian school; a performance for Marshalltown High School music students, lunch with MHS brass players during the school day on Nov. 20.

The Sounds of Brass Through the Centuries, a free public performance will also be presented at the Marshalltown Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening; this "after work/before dinner" presentation of Great Brass Music will be a Wonderful Way to end a busy day.



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