Thursday, April 8, 2021

Parma Recordings: Demondrae Thurman's New Digital Album "Sound & Light" Displays the Euphonium's Range and Tone

Demondrae Thurman

Sound & Light
Demondrae Thurman, Euphonium
Kathryn Fouse, Piano
Navona Records
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Catalog #: NV6339
Format: Digital

Parma Recordings writes:

"Last month we released Demondrae Thurman's album SOUND & LIGHT, an excellent addition to the world of euphonium. Thurman is a powerful performer, with a long career in the music world, including performances with The Temptations to conducting full orchestras.

"Currently, Thurman is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The position was created for him to utilize his specific skills and expertise in euphonium and brass chamber music. He also serves on the faculty of Samford University and has given masterclasses and clinics at many of the world's leading colleges and universities for low brass."

"For more than a century, the euphonium went underutilized as a solo instrument, with generations of composers overlooking its surprising range and rich, room-filling tone. In the latter half of the 20th century however, classical composers took interest in the formidable instrument and it evolved from a band staple to a stand-alone tool of artistic expression.

"On SOUND AND LIGHT, Demondrae Thurman wields the euphonium to further expand its repertoire and cement its graceful power into the minds of composers of solos and orchestral works alike. Playing works written by five close friends, Thurman wholly dedicates himself to unlocking the musical mysteries of every measure and fully exploring the instrument’s potential. 

"SOUND AND LIGHT features accompaniment by pianist Kathryn Fouse and new works by Barbara York, Doug Bristol, Anne Victorino d'Almeida, Patrick Schulz, and Anthony Barfield.

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