The Axiom Brass Quintet performance will be held at Faith Assembly Auditorium (1800 Road 72, Pasco, WA), on December, 1 2015, at 7:30pm.
Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” As the only Brass Quintet in 27 years to ever win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea. Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.
Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award. Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the U.S. Since 2011 the ensemble has been featured as brass quintet-in-residence for the National Brass Symposium, sharing the stage with principal brass players from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony.
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. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S. Axiom’s dedication to brass repertoire has led the ensemble to commission and premiere several new works, including Celestial Suite by James Stephenson and For Then and Now by Laurence Bitensky. For Celestial Suite, Axiom Brass partnered with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Fischoff Chamber Music Society, as well as with the Digital Visualization Theater of the University of Notre Dame and Professor Keith Davis.
Highlights of Axiom’s past seasons have included concerts in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain, South Korea and Japan; a four-week residency at the Grand Tetons Music Festival; the release of their début album New Standards, clinics and performances at the 2010 and 2012 Midwest Clinic, their New York debuts at Symphony Space and Merkin Hall, masterclasses at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as recitals, masterclasses and solo appearances with orchestras and bands around the U.S. In October of 2013, Axiom gave the American premiere of Fantasia Flamenca and the world premiere of Raimundo Penaforte’s Concertice for brass quintet and orchestra
under the baton of David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony. This 2014-15 season Axiom continues its rigorous touring schedule including their debut performances with the Grand Rapids Symphony in March. This season also marks the release of two new albums: Astor, with original arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s music, and the second installment of New Standards.
Axiom Brass performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes and S. E. Shires Trumpets and Trombones.
Read more about Axiom Brass Quintet on their website: www.axiombrass.com
What the Press is saying about Axiom Brass Quintet:
“The Axiom Brass Quintet is committed to honest and serious music-making at the highest level. Their chamber-music sensibility reflects the tradition of the most venerable and respected string quartets, even as the group displays a unique and compelling aesthetic around passionate and poetic brass performance.” – Cliff Colnot – Conductor Civic Orchestra of Chicago / Award Winning Composer
“…beauty and fullness of tone, precise intonation, virtuosic technique, expressive dynamic range, and stylistic flexibility. Axiom commands a repertoire ranging from Early Music and Renaissance to the most challenging contemporary compositions of today not to mention a fluency in the jazz idiom that puts most ensembles to shame. I have been consistently moved by their interpretations and inspired by their expressive maturity. …It is rare to find an ensemble possessing such artistic qualities also so devoted to education and outreach in its community, but this quintet is such an ensemble. They have performed over 100 educational concerts throughout the Chicago area as well as a summer brass seminar. Education is not just a side project for these men; it is one of their driving forces and a cornerstone of their mission.” – Christopher Martin – Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet
“It has been my great pleasure to collaborate with the Axiom Brass Quintet at Tanglewood for the past several summers. They are all wonderful musicians and terrific teachers. The performances when they have been soloists have been highlights of the summer. In addition to their remarkable abilities as musical artists, they each have a fantastic sense of humor.” – H. Bob Reynolds – World Renown Conductor
“I was struck not only by their high level of musicality and technical ability, but also by their poised and assertive stage presence. …They have a clean, clear and precise sound. …This group does not miss a detail; they have a wide dynamic contrast, play with impeccable intonation, and have a balanced blend and approach to ensemble. Each performer is a virtuoso player.” – Erin Ellenburg – Editor, Journal of the International Brass Chamber Musical Festival