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Associate Professor of Horn Jeffrey Agrell joined The University of Iowa School of Music faculty after many years as a professional orchestral musician. He has won awards as both a composer and a writer, with some one hundred published articles to his credit and many compositions published, recorded, and performed worldwide on TV & radio, concert stages, festivals and competitions. He frequently gives concerts, lectures, and workshops nationally and internationally. He recently finished a second term on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. He has recorded three CDs of contemporary improvisations: “Repercussions” (horn and piano

Gear

Schmid Eb triple horn


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Review of “Mosaic” by Duende (Jeffrey Agrell, horn, Gil Selinger, cello, and Evan Mazunik, piano): ”Modern arrangements of early music are nothing new, but this fresh new collection of improvisatory interpretations puts a different face on the practice. Especially unusual is such an approach within the standard classical performance arena; the work of Duende reminded me more of some of the similar efforts on the ECM jazz label. There was also a recent classical guitar CD of similar import.

Some of these composers - such as Hildegarde von Bingen - go back as far as the 12th century. Instead of researching the musicological details of the music and its accurate performance according to the norms of the period, Duende takes the melodies and wails on them much as a jazz pianist would do with a tune from the Great American Songbook

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Primary Instrument

French horn

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Horn professor at The University of Iowa, on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, former faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong), co-host (with John Clarke) of the annual Improvisation, teaches Horn Week at Shell Lake Art Center Aug. 10-15, Shell Lake, Wisconsin; University of Iowa Band Camp. Gives horn clinics and masterclasses, workshops and concerts in contemporary classical improvisation and Soundpainting. Available for high school horn clinics, workshops, concerts, All-State preparation. Workshop for Horn Players, author of 90+ articles on music and creativity, author of "Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians" (GIA Publications)

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Albums

Album Mosaic by Jeffrey Agrell

Mosaic

MSR Classics
2007

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