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
"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
Jose Leonardo Leon is a new Performing Artist team member of the Facet Mutes Inc. Sitka Spruce SP Straight Mute and his own signature "J. L. LEON" Mahogany w/ Birch Bottoms Cup Model.
Interview for the CU Boulder College of Music website by: Jessie Bauters
In April 2013 Jose Leonardo Leon premiered the trombone ensemble version of MONOLITH together with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra trombone section. This piece written for Bass trombone by South Floridian Composer Alejandro Guardia was performed at the 3rd Annual Trombone Week at the University of Aguascalientes in Mexico. In the month of July 2013, POTENZA MUSIC has published the piano reduction of this piece. Now MONOLITH can be found on: Hickeys.com and Justforbrass.com
In April 2016 Jose Leonardo Leon premiered the bass trombone and piano e version of AIRES RIOPLATENSES as part of his first DMA recital at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. In July 2016, the version for bass trombone and Bandoneon of this wonderful piece written by Uruguayan composer and trombonist Ricardo Arbiza was performed by Jose L Leon at the URUBRASS International Summit 2016 in the National Auditorium in the city of Montevideo-Uruguay.
ED CALLE'S MAMBLUE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE 16TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY® AWARDS
Jose Leonardo Leon is so proud and truly honored to have been invited to record on several tracks of this excellent double album produced and created by master musician saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle.
Interview for the Florida International University School of Music Alumni Association by: Camila Fernandez
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
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