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June 4, 2021

Announcing Festival 2021

Festival Of New Trumpet Music 2021 announces Brass Without Borders, Sept 8-15, 2021

A Global Celebration Of The Extraordinary Diversity In Current Music For The Trumpet

For almost 20 years, the Festival Of New Trumpet Music has embraced innovation and the unheard. Led by Dave Douglas, this small festival defies stylistic categories and presents exciting music centered around the trumpet each year, in previous years at clubs and stages around New York City.

The pandemic-related all-digital version of 2020 was the occasion to be able to present trumpeters from all over the world for the first time. Now the format Brass Without Borders has become the theme of this year’s festival and once again brings together the worldwide trumpet community, at least virtually.

Festival of New Trumpet Music 2021 is particularly proud to support gender parity on the instrument and in the field. For the first time, male and female artists will be presented in equal numbers. This important development continues the festival’s dedication to the broadest possible view of what constitutes trumpet music, and who can make it. There is always more work to do, but this is a wonderful development for the field.

Randy Brecker (Photo: Ada Rovatti)

The annual Award of Recognition will be presented this year to trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker for his longtime contributions to the field.

Yazz Ahmed (Photo: John Jarrett)

Rounding out the exciting program is a workshop with British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed, which will be shared with Seattle JazzEd, El Paso Jazz Girls, Jazz St. Louis and other educational institutions from around the nation.

The final program will be announced on July 1st, 2021 and includes Axel Doerner (Germany), Verneri Pohjola (Finland), Suzan Veneman (Netherlands), Lukas Frei (Switzerland), Sheila Maurice-Grey (UK), Balkan Paradise Orchestra (Spain), Hermon Mehari (France/USA), Delbert Anderson and Indigenous Contemporary Arts Group (New Mexico), Lina Allemano (Canada), Mary Elizabeth Bowden (USA), Adam Cuthbert (USA), Emily Kuhn (USA) among others.

The entire 2020 festival is freely accessible in our archive at fontmusic.org – including a very special episode celebrating Baikida Carroll.

December 20, 2020

Thank you!

This year has been wild and the future is uncertain. But we remain positive and look back on a successful first digital version of our festival.

Help us continue to promote, commission, and present new music for trumpet and brass with your tax-deductible end of year donation. THANK YOU for much appreciated support!

www.fontmusic.org/donate

Thanks for joining us this year at the Festival of New Trumpet Music. We sincerely hope you enjoyed this entirely online edition of our celebration of the instrument. We plan to continue commissioning new players and new projects. With your help, we will be back with more. If you can, please consider donating.

Thanks to this great community of musicians for all their dedication and vision. And thanks to you — so much — for listening and being part of this community.

In eternal gratitude for Roy Campbell, Jr.

TRUMPETERS 2020

Dave Adewumi, Yazz Ahmed, Aurélien Barnes, John-Michael Bradford, Summer Camargo, Baikida Carroll, Cam Clark, Ray Colom, Tomasz Dąbrowski, Dave Douglas, Laurie Frink, Noah Halpern, Bruce Harris, Freddie Hendrix, Ashton Hines, Nabaté Isles, Ingrid Jensen, Laura Jurd, Christine Kamau, Cole Kamen-Green, Ellen Kirkwood, Noel Langley, Mariano Loiácono, Riley Mulherkar, Satoru Ohashi, Ashlin Parker, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Reid Poole, Michael Rodriguez, Chloe Rowlands, Bria Skonberg, Rachel Therrien, Ivan Trujillo, Lessie Vonner, Brandon Woody, Raphael Zimmermann, Ndabo Zulu

FONT MUSlC 2020 PRODUCTlON TEAM

Dave Douglas, Tyler McDiarmid, Lukas Frei, Riley Mulherkar, Amy Norton, Suzannah Kincannon, Richard Johnson

FONT MUSlC BOARD

Stephanie Richards, Jeremy Pelt, John Blevins, David Adewumi, Ingrid Jensen, Nabate Isles, Tom Anderson, Lewis Flip Barnes, Taylor Barnett, Taylor Ho Bynum, Richard Kessler, Richard Loyd, John McNeil, Nadje Noordhuis, Aaron Shragge, Erol Tamerman, Rick Gutierrez, Heather Sessler

FONT MUSlC gratefully acknowledges the support of

PLUS SUPPORT FROM

Jeff Beal, Michael Goldstein, Joey O’Loughlin, Rick & Erin Charitable Fund, Silicon Valley Foundation, and additional donations from listeners and supporters.

THANK YOU.

July 8, 2020

1st online edition

Two months from today, we are launching a very special edition of the Festival Of New Trumpet Music Online. Due to the current situation our festival will be all digital. Over 10 days we will present lots of exciting new music by trumpeters from near and far. Performances will be complemented by live talks and a workshop. We hope you will join us! Check out our website in the coming weeks for further information or sign up for our newsletter.

www.fontmusic.org/festival2020

April 28, 2020

Trumpet Music on Bandcamp

On May 1st Bandcamp waives its share for the second time. This is a great time to buy music and support musicians. This date is also the release date for the latest album of our artistic director Dave Douglas.

Here’s a selection of productions by trumpeters

April 20, 2020

Baikida Carroll receives FONT Music Award of Recognition

Help us honor Baikida Carroll’s contribution to our instrument and community as we present the 2020 FONT Music Award Of Recognition, acknowledging Carroll as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. Carroll’s restless experimentation and stylistic versatility are an apt fit with our mission.

Festival of New Trumpet Music 2020, September 9-17

Mark your calendars, full program details including Bria Skonberg, Marcus Printup, The Westerlies, Freddie Hendrix, Rachel Therrien, and Laurie Frink Career Grant award, will be announced soon.

Along with all of New York, and the world, FONT Music looks to the reopening of music venues by September and will follow events closely.

January 4, 2020

FONT 2020

Happy 2020! Also this year there will be two editions of our festival. Next month we’ll start in the west and already present the 18th edition in September in the east.

All the details about FONT West in San Diego from 2 to 8 February 2020 can be found here www.fontmusic.org/fontwest

April 15, 2019

555 trumpet players

Over the past 16 years, the Festival Of New Trumpet Music has presented 555 trumpet players on a variety of stages throughout New York City.

Click here to find out who…

December 27, 2018

Review 2018

Hello all involved in FONT Music 2018 — musicians, listeners, partners, collaborators, supporters.

THANK YOU!

In my opinion it was our best one yet. All the events were solidly attended. With TILT Brass we finally achieved a concert of ‘contemporary brass music’ with an enthusiastic and engaged audience and ensemble! Oh, and the music was astounding! Thanks, Chris McIntyre.

Our shows at Dizzy’s ClubThrees Brewing and The Jazz Gallery were equally wonderful, with new groups formed and new music presented. Linda Briceño, Rachel Therrien, Michael Rodriguez, Giveton Gelin, David Adewumi, Davy Lazar, Adam O’Farrill, Ingrid Jensen, Jesse Neuman, Nadje Noordhuis, Riley Mulherkar, Jaimie Branch, and John Blevins were among trumpeters who brought great new music to our events.

We commissioned a suite of new music from esteemed colleague Jermey Pelt.

We awarded legendary Tom Harrell with our adulation, and he was interviewed from the stage by Mr. Pelt!

We celebrated Laurie Frink, teacher, mentor and friend to so many of us.

FONT JR, a program for trumpeters 12 to 21, had its inaugural run, under the tutelage of Mr. Michael Rodriguez.

And we continued the mission that began at the bar of Tonic, where Roy Campbell, Jr. and I conspired all those years ago. To spread the diversity of people playing the instrument, to engage in new ways the idea of what trumpet music is and can be, to honor great pioneers of the instrument in our community.

All I can say further is, BRING ON 2019!

Thank you all for being with us and I look forward to working on a new festival with all of you in the new year.

Warmly.
Dave Douglas

December 17, 2018

FONTWest San Diego, January 2019

San Diego
January 20-27, 2019

FONT co-director Stephanie Richards became a faculty member of the University of California San Diego Department of Music in 2017. She and Dan Atkinson, a Grammy-nominated jazz producer and artistic director for UC San Diego Urban, have put together the first-ever West Coast edition of FONT, FONT West, for one week in January 2019. The festival involves the collaboration of leading San Diego arts organizations including the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Digital Gym Cinema, UC San Diego Department of Music, Panama 66, The Loft, Fresh Sound, San Diego Symphony, Quartyard, and UC San Diego Urban.

Full program available here: fontmusic.org/fontwest