The New York Trombone Consort was founded in 2012 by New York City based trombonists David Whitwell and Scott Sweeney. They were inspired by the Hutchins Consort of violins, and dreamed of the possibility of a group performing not only early music, but masterpieces of the 20th and 21st century.The group consists of the full family of trombones, from soprano to contrabass; this spectrum of instruments achieves a unity of tone and a complexity of color not possible with other chamber groups. With a repertoire ranging from early music to newly commissioned works, the NYTC is pushing the boundaries of what can be done with the instrument. NYTC members are among the top trombonists in New York City, and are dedicated to the promotion of the trombone in chamber music.
David Whitwell had dedicated his career to new music. He is principal trombonist of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble (England), founder of free jazz group Trio TBD, the New York Trombone Consort, and low brass trio Les Cuivres Sous-Sol. He has performed at the Ojai and Ojai North festivals with Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, the Britten-Pears Festival, the International Electro Acoustic Music Festival, the Composers Now! Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music San Francisco.
He has worked under conductors such as Oliver Knussen, John Rutter, Phillipe Entremont, and David Gilbert. He has performed throughout the US and Europe as a soloist and with various chamber groups and orchestras.
David's projects reach from sonically reactive sculptures to the programming of creative and wide ranging recitals, including Brahms and the Beats, a string orchestra arrangement of the Brahms E minor 'cello sonata, and the commissioning of new works for the trombone from Raphael Cendo, Amir Shpilman, Charles Amirkhanian, and a host of others.
Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher in New York City and Boston. He can be found playing in all setting and styles, from the avant-garde and classical to salsa and indie chamber pop. He has given unaccompanied trombone recitals throughout the United States, played concertos with large ensembles, and recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Bryne and St. Vincent, and Jónsi (of Sigur Rós.)
Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) He is also a member of the Boston Microtonal Society, where he explores the definition of pitch and technique, working alongside like-minded composers.
When not playing soprano trombone with the NYTC, Hugh Ash typically uses valves in place of a slide as a trumpeter in the New York area. Hugh's other musical projects include new music ensembles Ensemble Moto Perpetuo and The Cabinet, The Metropolitan Brass Quintet, which he co-founded in 2009, The Brooklyn Wind Symphony, and rock band Aza Nizi Maza. Other recent work has included performing with David Del Tredici, Eric Whitacre and friends at Avery Fisher Hall, CocoRosie and recording with Alice and Michi.
As a bass trombonist and low brass player, Scott keeps busy around the city performing with all kinds of ensembles from orchestras to hip hop brass bands to horn-driven rock and roll. As well as being a busy performer, running a full time brass instrument repair shop is his other half. Specalizing in all instruments brass, Scott has been lucky enough to work closely with some of the top performers in the city, and the world customizing, adjusting, and building instruments with them.
Scott holds and Bachelors of the Arts from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with David Taylor.
For more info or to contact Scott, check out www.sweeneybone.com
Joe Barati was born in Orlando, Florida and attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and the University of Miami studying bass trombone. Today, Joe is a freelance trombonist in New York City, playing on Broadway shows, big bands, classical quintets, and other various musical settings and styles. Joe is active in the educational field teaching area students as well.
Throughout his career, Joe has recorded and toured with artists that include Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and Paul Anka. Pop artists recordings include, The Bee Gees, Shakira, Jon Secada, and Diddy. He also played on a recording of Igor Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto featuring clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Additionally, Joe played on two Grammy Award winning albums, the Latin jazz album Hot House with Arturo Sandoval and Songs I Heard with Harry Connick, Jr.
Joe has national TV credits playing on American Idol, The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah, The Today Show, and others.
Joe Barati is a trombone artist and clinician for United Musical Instruments and performs exclusively on Conn bass trombones, King tenor trombones, as well as the Kanstul 1690 Contrabass trombone.