ROBERT SPILLMAN'S CONCERTO FOR BASS TROMBONE
The Spanish version of Jose Leonardo Leon complete analysis, Theretical, Historical,and Performance of Robert Spillman's Concerto for Bass Trombone has been published in two parts on the prestigious International Trombone online page Revista Española de Trombones

THOMAS SLEEPER'S RE:JOYCE
Temenos I—Faculty Artist Recital in March 2013 at the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall Jose Leonardo Leon Premiered the Solo Version of Thomas Sleeper's re:Joyce for Bass Trombone at the Frost School of Music University of Miami. After the performance, the South Florida Classica Review wrote about it and it was fantastic!!! below the excerpt of the review. Excerpt:
"Re: Joyce, Opus B, a showpiece for bass trombone, is based on James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, even including a drinking song from the novel in a central episode. The electronics that substituted for the orchestral part did not really do justice to the churning instrumental timbres. Still, you had to love the growls, muted wails and crackling roars Jose Leonardo Leon drew from the instrument, devilishly conceived by Sleeper. With a capital soloist like Leon and a full orchestra, this work could be a real crowd pleaser". By: Lawrence Budmen

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The next two tracks are the more serious centerpieces of the project. “Confiding in Family and Friends (Conversastions via Zoom)” emulates virtual conversation with Derris Lee on marimba and Dr. José Leonardo Leon on bass trombone – each line not being quite done when someone else begins, much like Zoom lag forever changing our conversation etiquette. The album moves smoothly into “Overcoming the Pandemic,” which voices our collective quarantine worries in the style of 20th century atonal music. 

Excerpt from the Review by Laken Emerson, The Flute View Magazine  of Jose Valentino and Bruno Miranda's Album "Embarkation", 2021. 

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