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Trumpet City

by Craig Shepard

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Physical copies housed in stylish 6-panel double digipack with transparent trays are available to order from 1 December, 2020

One hundred twenty-six trumpet players

Score composed by Craig Shepard
Realized by one hundred twenty-six trumpet players in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Disc 1 recorded at 51st Street, Manhattan on 2 August 2014
Disc 2 recorded at Meeker Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard Streets, Brooklyn on 20 September 2014
Recording engineer: Andrej Radovsky
Edited and mastered by Nicholas Prout for True Sonix Inc.
Photos by Jocelyn Gonzales (Manhattan), Richard Howe & Matt Minucci (Brooklyn)
Graphic design by László Szakács
Produced by Craig Shepard & László Juhász

© 2009 Craig Shepard, all music copyrights reserved
© 2014 Craig Shepard, all recording copyrights reserved

Trumpet City is a 60-minute live installation of 40 or more trumpets performing outdoors in a public space. Commissioned by the Präsidialdepartement and the Musikpodium of the City of Zürich, the work premiered on 28 March 2009 on the shores of Lake Zürich. This release features two installations realized in 2014.

Trumpet City: Manhattan, the third realization, took place on Saturday, 2 August 2014 from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm on Park Avenue from 46th Street to 72nd Street. Presented by the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets and supported by Christ Church. This recording was made at 51st Street.

Performed by Omar Abdulkarim, Kate Amrine, Jose Luis Armengot, Hugh Ash, Alex Asher, Luke Balslov, Lewis Flip Barnes, Alex Bender, Steven-Jon Billings, Eric Biondo, Seneca Black, Cyril Bodnar, Austin Boyer, Nicholas Catino, Jonathan Challoner, Andre Chesimar, Joseph Christianson, Marco Coco, Sandy Coffin, Jim Coleman, John Cummings, Tim Cronin, Clyde Daley, James Duncan, John Eckert, Jonathan Finlayson, Anna Garcia, Matt Gasiorowski, Matt Giella, Brian Glass, Frank Gyeabour, Rob Henke, Tiffaney Hoffer, Evan Honse, Ryan Howard, Carou Johnson, Minerva Johnson, Danny Jonokuchi, Brandon Joza, Andy Kemp, Chulho Kim, Ji Woong Kim, Evan Kirshen, Andy Kozar, Peter Kuan, Bruce Kung, Jo Ann Lamolino, Will Lang, Matt Lavelle, Paul Lewis, Glenn Makos, Pablo Masis, Katie Mattina, Eli Maurer, David McCabe, Kevin McCormack, John McDonough, Tom McGee, Aaron Meicht, Jon Menges, Josh Mizruchi, Russell Moore, Hugo Moreno, Mark Morgan, Sam Nester, Matt Peskanov, Joe Pino, Alicia Rau, Waldron Ricks, Satish Robertson, Chloe Rowlands, Jonathan Saraga, Ian Schaefer, Richard Seibert, Michael Sinicropi, Tony Sisson, Alexandria Smith, Steve Smyth, Jessica Stein, Rebecca Steinberg, Erol Tamerman, Atse Theodros, John Thomas, Wayne Tucker, Theo Van Dyck, Tyler Vandenberg, Thomas Verchot, Andy Warren, Warren Wernick, Jason Wiseman, Clynt Yerkes and Emma Zeger.

Trumpet City: Brooklyn, the fourth realization, took place on Saturday, 20 September 2014, from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm along Meeker Avenue from Metropolitan Avenue to Graham Avenue in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was produced in cooperation with Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Williamsburg, and sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). This recording was made at Meeker Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard Streets.

Performed by Hugh Ash, Lewis Flip Barnes, Jelani Bauman, Dustin Beardsley, Steven-Jon Billings, Eric Biondo, John Blevins, Paul Brandenburg, Germain Brito, Nicholas Chavarria, Andre Chesimar, Jim Coleman, Sandy Coffin, John Cummings, Clyde Daley, Leenie Doran, James Duncan, Tricia Dyer, John Eckert, Jonathan Finlayson, Pam Fleming, Steve Fowler, Matt Giella, Matthew Gomm, Roger Hartnett, Dennis Hernandez, Tiffaney Hoffer, Matt Holman, Carou Johnson, Minerva Johnson, Brandon Joza, Lauren Klein, Andy Kozar, Peter Kuan, Scott Kulick, Jo Ann Lamolino, Will Lang, Matt Lavelle, Roger Lent, Daniel Levine, Bruno Lourensetto, Spencer MacLeish, Pablo Masis, Eli Maurer, David McCabe, Tom McGee, Brian McKenzie, Eliza Minster, Josh Mizruchi, Aquiles Navarro, William Olenick, Matt Ragsdale, Ryan Resky, Satish Robertson, Jonathan Saraga, Richard Seibert, Michael Sinicropi, Nate Sparks, William Stevens, Paul Tafoya, Erol Tamerman, Matthew Timm, Theo Van Dyck, Bryan Walters, Andy Warren, Warren Wernick, John S. William, Harry H. Wise, III and David Zalud.

Craig Shepard
October 2020

American composer Craig Shepard (1975) is a sound artist and trombonist who writes music related to stillness. He directs event series Music For Contemplation, leads silent walks, and scores music for large groups outdoors. His recent large-scale projects include Broken Silence, On Foot and Trumpet City. His music is published by Edition Wandelweiser, and has been described as 'dreamlike melancholy', 'touchingly beautiful' and 'truly invulnerable'. Shepard has performed with Christian Wolff, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and many others. / onfoot.org


released December 1, 2020


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