Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet

Ethan Marks’ performs Thomas Sturm's “Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet," a performance-art work for solo trumpet and electronics that explores the materialization of sound and its treatment as a plastic medium. Marks becomes phonograph as a speaker attached to the bell of his trumpet sends historic recordings of the instrument into his mouth, which he then manipulates with subtle (and not so subtle) changes in mouth shape and valve positions. The recordings are a plundered collage of trumpet repertoire, pieces of music significant to Marks’s relationship with the trumpet and his musical development.

Ethan Marks, Trumpet
Recorded 9/2/2017 at Highways Performance Space on Solo Dolo 7