On the End...
January 11, 2013
Pittsburgh native, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator.
On the End... is the premier release featuring Andy Kozar's own works. The album is an eclectic suite of compositions that showcases Kozar's range as both a performer and a composer. The performers include Kozar's ensemble loadbang, trombonist Will Lang, and guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe.
Program: (All works composed by Andy Kozar)
Mass: Recorded by loadbang (Carlos Cordiero, clarinet; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone voice; Andy Kozar, trumpet; Will Lang, trombone)
P'o (Kuei) &/or Hun (Shen): Recorded by trombone soloist Will Lang in addition to Ruby Chen and Miranda Cuckson (violins), Denise Stillwell (viola), and Mariel Roberts (cello)
On the end...: Recorded by guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and trumpeter Andy Kozar
Invisibility Interlude: Recorded by Andy Kozar on Piano and Toy Piano
"Kyrie" from Mass
Excerpt from P'o (Kuei) &/or Hun (Shen)
4 x 6 in
Hi-Res Cover Art:
5 x 5 in
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Pittsburgh native, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator whose playing has been said to be "agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly" by the Internationl Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of loadbang, a member of TILT Brass, and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea, Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, TACTUS, Mimesis, and Mark Gould's Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Todd Reynolds, Pablo Heras Casado, Brad Lubman, and David Cossen in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. Andy has premiered music for the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) and in the past 4 years, has had over twenty pieces written for him. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and in New York City, has presented a lecture/recitals on performing with electronics at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference, and in November, will be featured as a soloist at the University of Richmond's Third Practice electro-acoustic festival.
Equally well versed in the traditional repertoire, he was featured as a soloist with the Pan-American Symphony and the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra, was featured in Eastman School of Music's "Rising Stars" recital, performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, in 2003, he served as principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Opera Center Orchestra, and this December will perform Bach's Magnificat on baroque trumpet with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity in New York City.
In addition to contemporary and traditional classical music, his versatility has also allowed him the opportunity to perform with the Grammy nominated Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, with whom he performed at the 2008 Montreal Jazz Festival, the Dave Ravello Ensemble, and indie pop bands including the Generationals and Emanuel and the Fear. He has also performed on Broadway's Mary Poppins.
As a recording artist, he can be heard on indie pop albums by Emanuel and the Fear and Bennett Lin and the Hollywood film score to Sushi Girl. As a classical recording artist he can be heard on Signal's upcoming Mode Records release of Helmut Lachenmann's music, TILT Brass' "To TILT: Volume 1" and as a collaborator on the Mode Records release of Morton Feldman's orchestral music.
He can regularly be seen performing at New York City's contemporary/experimental music venues including John Zorn's space The Stone, Roulette, The Tank, Issue Project Room, and The Flea. He has also performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater at Columbia University, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, The World Financial Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.
Andy has studied with Anthony Pasquarelli, James Thompson, Brian McWhorter, Jens Lindemann and Mark Gould, has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. He is on faculty at the Long Island Conservatory, the North Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, and regularly works as a teaching artist for the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program.