Trombone Festival of Costa Rica 2018.
Luis Fred for Innovatrombone:
Recently the Trombone Festival of Costa Rica has been held. The event has been in existence for 10 years and has featured trombonists such as Ralph Sauer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Pete Ellefson (Indiana University), Jeremy Wilson (former Vienna Philharmonic, Vanderbilt University professor) and Tim Higgins (San Francisco Symphony). The Festival is hosted by the prestigious Costa Rican trombone quartet of Luis Fred, Martín Bonilla, Leonel Rodríguez and César Fumero, with the presence of guest artist Randall Hawes.
This edition was held at the University of Costa Rica UCR from July 30th to August 2nd, divided into four intense days. Participants from countries such as Puerto Rico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru and Argentina were able to enjoy a pedagogical model based on individual classes, chamber music and work with trombone choir.
Here’s a video of a group warm-up by Randy Hawes:
In the evenings, the festival dressed up for the concert series offered by the Costa Rican Trombones, the Costa Rican Low Brass Ensemble, a recital by Randy Hawes and a recital by the Festival’s participants.
In this video you can see an example of how Trombones from Costa Rica perform Latin American folk music in chamber music format. The piece is called “Sobre Tres Canciones Mexicanas” movimiento 3, in arrangement with Vinicio Meza. The melody of the original song is heard clearly but a very special color is created with the counter-melodies.
The 2018 edition of the International Trombone Festival of Costa Rica concluded with good music, thanking each and every one of the participants for their attendance, the colleagues of the Costa Rica Low Brass Ensemble and especially the maestro Randall Hawes for his dedication and commitment.
Trombones de Costa Rica thanks the support of the musical community that has sustained the continuity of this Festival during all these years.
See you at the 2019 edition!
Luis Fred’s Perfil in Innovatrombone: