Monday, March 9, 2009

The Sotto Voce T uba Quartet

The Sotto Voce Tuba-Euphonium Quartet is the premiere tuba-euphonium quartet of its kind. The original group formed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of John Stevens. The quartet performs at conferences, festivals, and master classes throughout the country. They are dedicated to performing quality literature consisting of arrangements, transcriptions, and original compositions for tuba-euphonium quartet.

Members are Demondrae Thurmon, Mark Carlson, Nat McIntosh, and Michael Forbes. Each member brings something unique to the quartet. Their engaging personalities and outstanding musicianship combine to create a professional product. The group is endorsed by the Miraphone corporation. Both Demondrae and Mark perform on the Miraphone 5050T, the instrument Demondrae helped create with the Miraphone company. It is also the instrument I personally play on, and let me say, it's BEAUTIFUL!

Sotto Voce has three CDs available under the Summit Records label: Consquences, Refractions, and Viva Voce: The Quartets of John Stevens. I highly recommend this group to anyone interested in low brass chamber music. They are a testament to what tubas and euphoniums can do! Go listen...NOW.

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