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Primary Instrument: Trombone

Brett Sroka is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts and began playing the trombone at age ten. He received his B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music in 1997, studying with trombonists Britt Woodman and Steve Turre, and undertaking his own compositional studies by dissecting dozens of Duke Ellington scores and transcribing his favorite recordings. Sroka was awarded a composition grant from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in 2002 and released his debut CD, “Hearsay”, from the Fresh Sound-New Talent label at the end of that year. JazzTimes magazine proclaimed,”Hearsay confirms that Sroka is more interested in charting new musical territory than simply revisiting the traditions of J.J. Johnson.” In 2003 Sroka formed a new group called Ergo with the pianist Carl Maguire and the drummer Shawn Baltazor. Moving further and further towards an electro-acoustically organic sound the group made their debut recording in 2005 entitled, “Quality Anatomechanical Music Since 2005”, which the Village Voice called, “rather dramatic art music... both texturally rich and compostionally engaging.” In 2006 Sroka scored Sara Jordeno's film “Lexicon” for surround sound installation in the Muscarnok Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. In 2007 he completed the score for “Space Times Square” a documentary by media professor Barry Vacker exploring ideas of technology, media, cosmos and nothingness; and also contributed the theme music to a disquieting documentary about the legal issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay by Ari Kaplan called “Like Snowflakes in December” (still in production)....
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”[Ergo] ...fully incorporates other-worldly aspects of electronica, with Crimsonesque washes and colors that almost put you in mind of King Crimson. The three-piece band sounds much bigger than it actually is.” —The Merrimack River Current

“Brett Sroka has found a way to turn the trombone into the coolest instrument since the bass clarinet.” —The Boston Globe

“A promising debut,Hearsay confirms that Sroka is more interested in charting new musical territory than simply revisiting the traditions of J.J. Johnson.” —JazzTimes

“Hearsay is an auspicious debut...

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    Hearsay

    Blue Moon
    2003
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