Meridian Arts Ensemble

Timbrando is released in the year of the Meridian Arts Ensemble’s 20th anniversary. The group began as a traditional brass quintet winning four competitions within four years including First Prize in the 1990 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition that launched their career. Eclecticism is a key element of MAE’s performances: mixing classical and contemporary works, jazz and rock compositions, ethnic music and original works by Ensemble members. They are well known for their interpretations of rock composer Frank Zappa’s work (who personally coached them on how to play his music) as well as commissioning, collaborating or premiering works by Milton Babbitt, The Common Sense Composers’ Collective, Stephen Barber, Ira Taxin, Kirk Nurock, John Halle, among several others

: First Prize Winner, 1990 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition Multiple winner of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award

”more exciting all the time” -Billboard Magazine ”Brass Wizards” -CD Review ”Made up of only virtuosos” -Trouw of Amsterdam ”Extraordinary command” -The Washington Post ”Near symphonic richness” -Los Angeles Times ”... go and see 'em” -Frank Zappa ”Superb virtuosos” -Fanfare

Timbrando: “Timbrando (Channel Classics), brilliantly covers contemporary and 20th century south-of-the-border sounds from leading jazz and postclassical composers such as Silvestre Revueltas, Astor Piazzolla, Caetano Veloso, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Tania Leon and more

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Weather Report Weather Report
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
Frank Zappa Frank Zappa
guitar, electric
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Marcus Printup Marcus Printup
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet
sax, tenor
Lester Bowie Lester Bowie
Jack Teagarden Jack Teagarden
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Don Preston Don Preston

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