Trumpet Trumpet Synthesizer (feat. members of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, HAG, VaVatican), are based out of Brooklyn and bring some odd strategies to bear upon the often-stuffy tropes of improvised music - turns out, vocoder/synth and trumpet can get downright sexy if you let em drift just right!
This sidelong piece, recorded between 2012 and 2013, marries the grit, spit, and oomph of Brad Henkels amplified trumpet and the hushed, baby-soft sighs of Ericha Eso’s (Weston Minissali) vocoder/vocal/synth in a way that seems tailor made for quietly undermining any expectations.'Oh Baby’ goes through several sections that hang together tenderly throughout, though changing tone quite a bit before the piece’s completion - a nearly neo-soul beginning with warm subharmonic bass notes float right through extended trumpet work that simultaneously functions as off kilter beatwork as it does a tonal aspect of the overall sound. Later, an array of high pitches tangle into a knotty blast that stops just short of uncomfortable, dropping into a subdued section of sighs, whispers and distended tones that flicker out like the last candle in the latest evening.
Trumpet Trumpet Synthesizer toured Europe in February 2015 where they performed and recorded a new set of music. That music saw its U.S. premiere at Washington D.C.'s Sonic Circuits Festival in September 2015, and its NYC premier at Roulette's Mixology Festival in February 2016. The new record is set for release in late 2016/early 2017.
Live at Mathilda, Berlin , February 2015
Brad Henkel (b. 1985) is trumpeter and composer recently relocated from NYC to Cologne, Germany. His work integrates composition and improvisation with new and innovative instrumental techniques and performance art. He maintains a busy schedule performing contemporary and improvised music in venues throughout the United States and Europe.
In 2011 he co-founded Prom Night Records, an artist run record label based in the United States which, to date, has twenty one releases. He co-curates a concert-series in Cologne entitled "Luftbrücke" with the mission of bringing young, experimental music from USA and various other countries to Cologne, opening a dialogue amongst diverse music scenes. www.bradhenkel.com
Weston Minissali (b. 1989) is an avant garde composer and synthesizer player living between the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, NY. He has been an artist fellow at the Millay Colony for The Arts in upstate NY as well as Art Farm in Nebraska. His graphic scores have been published in art books such as Emma Magazine and EDNA. His current artistic practice revolves around the exploration and innovation of the synthesizer while maintaing a physically engaged electronic music performance technique. He regularly tours extensively around North America with various ensembles and has released 6 full length albums through experimental brooklyn-based labels Northern Spy Records and Prom Night
(Trumpet Trumpet in concert. photo credit Rijard Bergeron)