Meditations for Solo Trumpet

by Trent Austin

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Solo Improvisations by Trumpeter Trent Austin.


Some notes from Edward Carroll, director of the Center for Advanced Musical Studies.

Exploring the intuitive imagination of a musician can be a tricky thing. I mean, blue birds fly somewhere over whose rainbow? We are, by nature and training, deep listeners and facile multi-taskers, quickly parsing complex rhythmic and harmonic information as it is fed to us by equally skilled collaborators. What, then, happens when we are left alone in the dark, cathedral-like recess of our own musical imagination without the need to adhere to form, a shape, or the aural stimulation of others?

The answer can be found on this disc. Trent’s music crosses into a meditative dimension, passing in and out of known music genres, as he explores the harmony of himself – his lonely but profoundly honest voice; his sudden musical flights of fancy, instabilities, and longings revealed – as he creates spontaneously generated musical forms. Impossible melodies emerge, sometimes a rich fusion of jazz and classical heritages. Textures and timbres are explored and time is employed not as groove but as an element of space.

Trent changes his meditative voice on this disc constantly to match the wide variety of sonic environments that he creates. The resulting music is personal and essential. Listen to it.

Edward Carroll
Valencia, California

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released December 1, 2009

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