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Contrabass-list Tue, 16 Dec 1997 Volume 1 : Number 64

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Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 17:05:45 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: Thomas Mejer

At 04:02 PM 12/13/97 EST, you wrote:

>I got a question about thomas mejer: Were can I find his CD and some info on
>him? And, what is the title of the CD? I'd really like to buy it.

>Thank you,

Here's what the liner notes said about Mejer:

"Mejer studied saxophone with Urs Leimgruber at Lucerne School of Jazz, and with Markus Weiss at Lucerne Conservatoire. He plays nearly the whole family of the saxophone and performs experimental and contemporary music in a wide variety of ensembles."

"Thomas K.J. Mejer (b. Lucerne 1961) studied composition with Vinko Globokar, Per N=F8rgard and Philip Grange, and his work has been performed by the Allegri Quartet, The BBC Singers, and the New Danish Saxophone Quartet. In 1993 he won the "Werkpreis" of the city and county of Lucerne.


Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 22:01:51, -0500
From: KUUP84A@prodigy.com (MR MARK A TRINKO)
Subject: Contra-bassoon competition

It is official. The competition portion of the contra-fest in Las Vegas is canceled. All other portions of the contra-fest are going well. Simply becz most of you did not want to compete. The prize money donated by Fox will be used to provide extra neat things for attendees like meals, etc.

If you have not sent in your lodging money yet, please call me now at (800) 270-2616.

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 09:08:12 PST
From: "Mats 0ljare" <oljare@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Low quartet piece

>Your piece would be perfect for the contra-fest in La vegas in Jan 5-8,
>1998. Will it be done by then?

Probably not. However, i would like you to specify the instrumentation available, and I'll se what i can dig up.

Mats Öljare

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 09:52:09 PST
From: "Mats 0ljare" <oljare@hotmail.com>

To the Contrabass Discography:

Mats ÖljareComposer, artist, baritone saxophonist

http://www.flashback.net/~oljare (not ready)

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 12:20:06 -0800
From: "John J. Hensley" <jhensley@cisco.com>
Subject: Christmas TUBAFest?


Did you play in the San Jose Christmas TUBAFest? Hopefully you played, or at least attended (and if you didn't know about it, I apologize for not passing the word on - it's been a little hectic recently). It was an experience to warm the heart of any contra-maniac. Not that there were any sub-contrabass or octo-contrabass brasses present, but any group featuring 207 members of the tuba and saxhorn families, with arrangements by a seasoned tubist (thus utilizing the full range of the instruments, down to pedal tones), is going to produce sounds of near-seismic proportion.

I elected not to play my ancient York Eb tuba - it seems to play quite flat (okay, maybe I play it quite flat), so I was worried about tuning to the rest of the group. Also, my dreadful old Eb alto horn is just so much easier to transport! The only official number I know is the total number of players - 207, as stated above. There was one "fluba" - a flugelhorn modified to play bell-up, about 40 alto horns, roughly 60 baritones and euphoniums, roughly 60 upright tubas ranging from F to BBb, and about 40 sousaphones. These are extremely rough guesstimates. There was also one tenor helicon, two Eb helicons, and five double-belled euphoniums. All of the arrangements are by the event's organizer, and the vast majority are very nicely done. The concert was recorded, and supposedly CD's will be pressed. I can try to get information about the recording, if you think the list would be interested.

Happy holidays,
John Hensley

P.S. Is all list activity happening on the commercial service now? I very much prefer to subscribe to hobby-lists in digest format, but I may have to make an exception for the contrabass list.

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