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Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear

V0034946 A man sows seeds; representing the parable of the sower. Etc

Novus needs your help to record its second album, Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear. We’re doing our first crowdsourcing campaign on IndieGoGo which has a range of rewards depending on your contribution level.

The album is to be recorded by Jesse Lewis, Grammy award-winning producer (Roomful of Teeth and the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and will consist of some incredibly powerful music by Jeff Cortazzo, Eric Guinivan, John Orfe, Robert Pound and Hilary Purrington.

Please take a second to support this project.

Sincerely,
Novus

NOVUS Returns to the ETW

On March 19, NOVUS will return to the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Ft. Myer, Virginia for its third performance at the festival. NOVUS will premiere two new works, Opus Esoterica by Jeff Cortazzo, US Army Blues/Capitol Bones/Washington Trombone Ensemble bass trombonist; and Events and Their Horizons by Hilary Purrington, graduate student at the Juilliard School and graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Jeff’s piece creatively intertwines musical cells familiar to most every trombonist:

Remington exercises in harmony

Remington exercises in harmony

It’s an exciting piece that will have you amazed by how naturally he blended these exercises together. And fun for the group to put together, we feel like we’ve been practicing the piece for most of our lives!

Hilary’s piece is a longer affair, with unison notes passed through the group that, sometimes subtly and sometimes not, shift to dissonant harmony then back again. It’s an exercise in blend and uniformity, of pitch, articulation, release… all the fundamentals of ensemble playing.

Events and Their Horizons by Hilary Purrington (excerpt)

Come check out these brand new pieces!